Case name

Quebec School Boards Class Action (Specialized Programs)

Quebec Superior Court file #

500-06-001000-195

Violations

On May 8, 2019, Quebec’s Education Minister admitted that public schools have been illegally charging parents fees for specialized programs, more commonly referred to as “Projets Pédagogiques Particuliers”. This is a violation of article 3 of Quebec’s Education Act and of section 40 of Quebec’s Charter that both stipulate that education services must be provided for free to every resident of Quebec.

The specialized programs in Quebec are sport-études, arts-études (including arts plastiques, danse, musique, art dramatique), projets de type Profil, projets de type Concentration and international education.   Most specialized programs cost parents between $0 to $500 per student per year, while others, such as ice hockey and tennis can cost parents more than $5000.00 per student per year.

This class action seeks the reimbursement of all sums paid to a school board, a school or to one of their partners for specialized programs, as well as punitive damages.

Proposed Class

All persons who paid any amount for a specialized program (“Projets Pédagogiques Particuliers”), such as “sport-études”, “arts-études” (including arts plastiques, danse, musique, art dramatique), “projets de type Profil”, “projets de type Concentration”, or “éducation international”, up until the legislative amendment to article 3 of the Education Act provided for in Bill 12 comes into force.

Remedies sought

  1. Reimbursement of all sums paid for specialized programs; and
  2. Punitive damages in the amount of $100 per Class Member, pursuant to s. 49 of the Charter.

Status

Pending Authorization hearing

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