A pilot project to standardize the rate of taxation for taxpayers of the four French-language school boards in the Outaouais region will be put forward this year.  

According to an article in the Newspaper Le Droit an administrative meeting was scheduled last week in Quebec City between representatives of the French language school boards in the region and officials from the Department of Education, to assess the feasibility of implementing such a pilot project.  

The goal is to achieve a standardized rate of taxation to ensure that taxpayers who do not have children in school yet, won’t turn to Western Quebec School Board, where the rate is lower.  

According to Claude Beaulieu, president of the commission scolaire des Draveurs (CSD), the project’s aim is not an increase in taxes for the English-language school board but an equalization system that would allow French school boards to recover sums and lower the tax for their ratepayers.  

According to Claude Beaulieu, it must be implemented in the 2017-2018 budget. http://www.lapresse.ca/le-droit/actualites/education/201702/20/01-5071497-vers-une-taxe-scolaire-unique-en-outaouais.php