The provincial election is an opportunity for the Lakeland Catholic Community to get a better understanding of the strategies candidates have regarding publicly-funded Catholic Education. 


About Lakeland Catholic

Lakeland Catholic School Division offers publicly-funded Catholic Education to eight schools in four communities.

Our election priorities are derived from our mission to provide excellent faith-based education in the Lakeland region. Currently, our division serves 2,600 students and 400 staff members in the Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche, and Waskatenau communities. 

At Lakeland Catholic, we live by our mission: Christ our Model. Children Our Focus

The next provincial election is scheduled for May 29, 2023. As you prepare to vote, Lakeland Catholic School Division would like to share our key messages for candidates. 


What We Need to Know About Publicly-Funded Education

Our division has four main priorities for candidates of the 2023 provincial election:

Support for Publicly-Funded Catholic Education

Ask: How will you support publicly-funded Catholic education?

Alberta’s publicly-funded Education System is diverse and includes public, separate, Francophone, and charter jurisdictions. This provides Alberta families with choice as they determine the best fit for their child(ren)’s education. Our school division has always been a strong advocate for publicly-funded Catholic Education and ensuring our division can continue to provide faith-based learning for all students in the Lakeland region. 

Listen for: 

  • A commitment to support publicly-funded Catholic education in Alberta
  • An understanding of the importance of Catholic Education

Predictable and Sustainable Funding

Ask: What strategies do you have to create predictable and sustainable funding in education?

The Weighted Moving Average (WMA) does not fully fund growth as allocations are partially based on enrolment from previous years. Recently, Lakeland Catholic has relied on additional grants in order to maximize funding, which often require in-depth application processes that can be difficult for smaller boards, such as ours, with limited staff capacity. 

Listen for: 

  • Strategies that will ensure funding is predictable and sustainable for school divisions
  • An understanding of the importance of supporting and funding Catholic Education
  • A commitment to budgeting for new schools and modernizations

Rural School Divisions

Ask: How will you address the challenges faced by smaller rural school divisions?

Lakeland Catholic, like many smaller rural school division, faces unique challenges, such as recruitment and retention of staff, communities spread across a wide geographic area, transportation, aging facilities, and limited access to wellness and therapeutic services, among others. 

Listen for: 

  • A commitment to ensure rural school divisions' voices are heard
  • An understanding that rural school divisions face unique challenges
  • A commitment to ensure rural school divisions' needs are considered during budget deliberations

Funding for Early Learning

Ask: How will you ensure early learners receive essential learning opportunities?

Lakeland Catholic knows the key role Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs have in setting a student up for success as they begin their learning journey. Currently, the Alberta Government offers funding for half-day Kindergarten programming with Lakeland Catholic topping up those funds in order to offer full-day programming.

Full-day Kindergarten supports early literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional learning. More funding is needed in order for school divisions to universally offer full-day Kindergarten. 

Only students with severe speech and language, behavioural, or fine motor skills delays qualify for Pre-Kindergarten program funding, and the dollars that are available are not sufficient for the interventions needed. 

Listen for: 

  • A commitment to ensuring funding for Pre-Kindergarten and full-day Kindergarten for all students
  • An understanding of the importance of early learning 

Ask questions: stand-up for publicly-funded Catholic Education!

About the Candidates



Glenn van Dijken - United Conservative Party

Landen Tischer - NDP


Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul

Scott Cyr - United Conservative Party

Caitlyn Blake - NDP

Glen Anderson - Alberta Party


Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche

Brian Jean - United Conservative Party

Calan Hobbs - NDP

What is the writ?

Here is some information about the writ according to Elections Canada:

A writ is a formal written order instructing the returning officer in each electoral district to hold an election to elect a member of Parliament.

The writ:

  • specifies the day by which the names of candidates must be entered into nomination
  • sets a polling date; and
  • sets a date on which the writ, with the name of the successful candidate noted on the back, is to be returned to the Chief Electoral Officer.

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Still left with questions?

Contact a trustee with any questions you have regarding Election Advocacy or Lakeland Catholic's key messages.

You can find your area's board representative and their contact information at the link below: 

Trustee Contact Page


Useful LInks

Elections Alberta

Alberta Election 2023 - Catholic Conscience

A Guide for Voting as a Catholic - The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton