1872 - The First Public School System is Established
The province’s first non-denominational public elementary school system was established in 1872. Within six years, 45 school districts were set up.
Setting up the school system marked the first time a public service was legislated that extended across the province for all British Columbians. Generally, the provincial government was passive concerning public works and services, being largely concerned with developing natural resources and dispensing political favours to its supporters.