ecole-des-navigateurs

École des Navigateurs

Richmond

École des Navigateurs currently offers kindergarten to grade 7 education. The school, which moved to its current location in 2004, opened in 2001 with only 10 students enrolled. Today, after consistent enrolment growth, there are 104 students enrolled at the school. There are an additional 25 students enrolled in the school’s daycare and preschool program, Les Moussaillons.

The CSF and the Fédération des parents francophones’ claim before the Supreme Court of British Columbia:

Obtain a new kindergarten to grade 12 school on a site large enough to allow for future enrolment growth.

Court’s decision:

Francophone parents in Richmond have the right to a homogeneous school with facilities that are substantially equivalent to those of the majority, which is already the case in Richmond, according to the judge. However, according to the judge, the Alexander Kilgour school facility, from which École élémentaire des Navigateurs currently operates, should have been transferred to the CSF.

Francophone parents in Richmond have the right to have their children educated in French at the secondary level and to access the basic facilities needed to offer secondary programming, but parents in Richmond have access to more than that at École secondaire Jules-Verne, again according to the judge.

The implementation of section 23 of the Charter in Richmond will be supported by the order requiring the provincial government to establish a separate long-term funding envelope for the CSF’s capital projects, by the order requiring the provincial government to help the CSF acquire sites to meet the CSF’s needs, and by the order requiring the provincial government to fund the CSF’s leases where a program is offered in leased space. The implementation of section 23 of the Charter in Richmond may also be aided by the order for damages regarding the decade-long freeze of funding for the CSF’s transportation budget.

Current project

The CSF is waiting for SD38 (Richmond) to review its capitalization plan in order to assess new lease options.