School District Long-range Facilities Plan services


The Ministry of Education first specified the requirement for School District Facilities Plans in the 2009/10 Capital Plan instructions.  The cover letter states:Under the planning and procurement process, boards of education must develop long-range facility plans that support capital projects being submitted to the Ministry for capital investment consideration. These facility plans must identify capital requirements for school expansion and consolidation; school replacement or upgrades based on building condition, seismic vulnerability and ongoing maintenance/life cycle costs; as well as new government initiatives.The “new government initiatives” referred to above were explained as:

  • The Early Learning Initiative – potentially full-day Kindergarten for five year olds, and up to full-day Pre-Kindergarten for three and/or four year olds;
  • Neighbourhoods of Learning Initiative – adding community services such as “early learning or child-care programs, office or meeting rooms for non-profit organizations, health clinics, sports programs, family resource or seniors’ centres, industry training, or branch libraries”; and
  •  Integration of new capital works with the Seismic Mitigation Program.


The Ministry of Education 2009/10 Capital Plan instructions include the following description of the School District Facilities Plan:

“School District Facilities Plan

As described in the resulting Education Facilities Planning and Procurement Process Review report, a district-wide comprehensive SDFP should form the basis for investment decisions. Such plans should take into consideration education program requirements and trends, operating capacities and current condition of existing facilities, current land use, anticipated changes in land use, absorption rates, yield rates, community demographics, local community and economic development strategies, and other considerations.

In terms of capital plan submissions to the Ministry, the SDFP would provide a comprehensive rationale for specific capital projects that may be proposed as part of the district’s five-year capital plan. In addition, the SDFP provides a district-wide framework for other key local decisions such as school consolidations, locations for district programs and maintenance priorities. The SDFP should outline concrete plans for a ten-year planning horizon with more general consideration for the longer term.

The scope and emphasis of each SDFP will vary depending on the specific circumstances and priorities of each school district.”

Cascade Facilities Management Consultants Ltd maintains a close relationship with Ministry of Education officials in order to be up-to-date on current facilities strategies and provincial policies.Cascade has prepared successful School District Facilities Plans for several school districts including: Chilliwack, Nechako Lakes, Quesnel, Coast Mountain, and Nisga’a.  We also developed sub-plans for particular geographic areas of Fraser – Cascade, Langley, and the Conseil Scolaire Francophone (CSF) districts.