1998/99 Legislative Session: 3rd Session, 36th Parliament
FIRST READING


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HONOURABLE ANDREW PETTER
MINISTER OF ADVANCED EDUCATION, TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGY AND
MINISTER OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

BILL 59 -- 1999

TUITION FEE FREEZE ACT

 
Contents

Section  
1  Definitions
2  Tuition freeze
3  Power to make regulations
4  This Act prevails over all others
5  Sunset provision
6  Commencement

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

Definitions

1 In this Act:

"freeze period" means the period beginning on April 1, 1999 and ending on March 31, 2000;

"post secondary institution" means a university, college or other institution established under the University Act, the University of Northern British Columbia Act, the Royal Roads University Act, the Technical University of British Columbia Act, the College and Institute Act, the Institute of Technology Act or the Open Learning Agency Act;

"tuition fee" means a fee charged by a post secondary institution for a graduate, undergraduate, career, technical, vocational or developmental program and includes a mandatory ancillary fee that has the effect of increasing the cost of tuition, but does not include a student association fee or a fee charged to an international student or a fee charged for a contract service or a continuing education program.

Tuition freeze

2 (1) The tuition fees charged by a post secondary institution for programs that are provided during the freeze period must not exceed the tuition fees charged by the institution immediately before the freeze period.

(2) The tuition fee charged by a post secondary institution for a new program must not exceed the tuition fee charged by the institution for similar existing programs.

Power to make regulations

3 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations as follows:

(a) for the purpose of applying this Act to the particular circumstances of the individuals and post secondary institutions affected by this Act;

(b) defining a word or expression used but not defined in this Act.

(3) Regulations under this section may be made effective retroactively to a date on or after the date on which this Act comes into force.

This Act prevails over all others

4 In the event of a conflict between this Act and any other enactment, this Act prevails.

Sunset provision

5 This Act expires on March 31, 2000.

Commencement

6 This Act is deemed to have come into force on April 1, 1999 and is retroactive to the extent necessary to give it effect on and after that date.

 
Explanatory Note

The purpose of this Bill is to re-enact the Tuition Fee Freeze Act to extend the tuition fee freeze period until March 31, 2000 and to change the date on which the Act expires from March 31, 1999 to March 31, 2000.


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