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Pre-primary Education Act (amended)

BILL NO. 8

(as introduced)

1st Session, 63rd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
66 Elizabeth II, 2017



Government Bill



Pre-primary Education Act
(amended)



The Honourable Zach Churchill
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development



First Reading: September 27, 2017

(Explanatory Notes)

Second Reading: September 28, 2017

Third Reading: October 19, 2017 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)

Explanatory Notes

Clause 1 adds a definition of "Minister".

Clause 2 removes a reference to an outdated title of the Minister.

Clause 3

(a) clarifies the meaning of a clause permitting the Governor in Council to make regulations with respect to any enactment that applies to the pre-primary program; and

(b) allows the Governor in Council to make regulations with respect to agreement-making powers in relation to a pre-primary program.

Clause 4 adds two new Sections that allow

(a) the Minister to enter into agreements with respect to the establishment, delivery and funding of a pre-primary program; and

(b) a school board to offer a pre-primary program and enter into an agreement for its delivery, with the approval of the Minister and subject to the regulations.

An Act to Amend Chapter 44
of the Acts of 2005,
the Pre-primary Education Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Chapter 44 of the Acts of 2005, the Pre-primary Education Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 1 the following Section:

1A In this Act, "Minister" means the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

2 Section 2 of Chapter 44 is amended by striking out "of Education" in the first line.

3 Subsection 3(1) of Chapter 44 is amended by

(a) striking out "or of any other" in the first line of clause (e) and substituting "of any"; and

(b) adding immediately after clause (e) the following clause:

(ea) respecting agreements in relation to a pre-primary program;

4 Chapter 44 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 3 the following Sections:

3A The Minister may enter into an agreement with a person, agency, organization, association, institution, municipality or other body, including the Government of Canada, respecting the establishment and delivery of a pre-primary program or related services, including an agreement respecting contributions to the cost of delivering a pre-primary program or related services in the Province.

3B (1) Notwithstanding the Education Act, a school board may, with the approval of the Minister and subject to the regulations, offer a pre-primary program.

(2) With the approval of the Minister and subject to the regulations, a school board may enter into an agreement with a person, agency, organization, association, institution, municipality or other body respecting the delivery of a pre-primary program or related services.


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