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3rd Session, 40th Legislature

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Bill 37

THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AMENDMENT ACT (CONNECTING SCHOOLS TO THE INTERNET)


  Bilingual version (PDF) Explanatory Note

(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. P250 amended

1           The Public Schools Act is amended by this Act.

2           The following is added after section 73:

Agreements re internet services

73.1(1)     With the approval of the minister, a school board may enter into a cost-sharing agreement with the following to establish or improve a school's connectivity to the Internet through fibre-optic linkages:

(a) another school board, a municipality, the Government of Manitoba or the Government of Canada or an agency of either of those governments, or the council of a band as defined in the Indian Act (Canada);

(b) any other public body designated in the regulations;

(c) a person.

Public partners to be given priority

73.1(2)     When considering entering into a cost-sharing agreement, a school board must consider partnering with a person or body described in clause (1)(a) or (b) in priority to partnering with other persons.

Regulations

73.1(3)     The minister may make regulations designating public bodies for the purpose of clause (1)(b).

Coming into force

3           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill amends The Public Schools Act to enable school boards to enter into cost-sharing agreements to establish or improve Internet services in schools. When selecting partners, school boards are to give priority to partnering with other public bodies.