In October, the BC Government's all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services invited submissions on priorities for the 2018 budget. In response, the LFA Board submitted a letter urging the Government to restore funding to BC's public post-secondary education system, and in particular, to increase funding for post-secondary institutional grants.
The Committee released its Report on the Budget 2018 Consultation on November 15, 2017. Among the 119 recommendations agreed to unanimously by the Committee were 13 targeted specifically to Advanced Education, including a review of funding formulas for post-secondary institutions. The Committee specifically referenced Langara College's 35% public funding of operational costs and noted concerns that "post-secondary institutions remain mostly government funded and therefore public institutions over the long term." For more details on the Committee's findings, see Theme 2: Advanced Education (pages 17-20 of the Report).