M-15 - Act respecting the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport

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chapter M-15
Act respecting the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
EDUCATION, RECREATION AND SPORTSJune 17 2005June 17 2005
The Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport is designated under the name of Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur. Order in Council 107-2016 dated 22 February 2016, (2016) 148 G.O. 2 (French), 1581.
1993, c. 51, s. 1; 1994, c. 16, s. 33; 2005, c. 28, s. 195.


WHEREAS every child is entitled to the advantage of a system of education conducive to the full development of his personality;
Whereas parents have the right to choose the institutions which, according to their convictions, ensure the greatest respect for the rights of their children;
Whereas persons and groups are entitled to establish autonomous educational institutions and, subject to the requirements of the common welfare, to avail themselves of the administrative and financial means necessary for the pursuit of their ends;
Whereas it is expedient to establish, in accordance with these principles, a Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport with powers commensurate with the functions vested in a Conseil supérieur de l’éducation.
2006, c. 52, s. 24.
1. The Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, in this Act called the “Minister”, is charged with the direction and administration of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 1; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1985, c. 21, s. 68; 1993, c. 51, s. 3; 1994, c. 16, s. 35; 2005, c. 28, s. 195.
The Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports is designated under the name of Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports. The Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport is designated under the name of Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur. Order in Council 107-2016 dated 22 February 2016, (2016) 148 G.O. 2 (French), 1581.
As regards higher education, the functions and responsibilities of the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports provided for in this Act are assigned to the Minister responsible for Higher Education. Order in Council 108-2016 dated 22 February 2016, (2016) 148 G.O. 2 (French), 1581.
1.1. The Minister shall exercise his functions in the fields of preschool, elementary and secondary education, and in the fields of recreation and sports.
1985, c. 21, s. 69; 1993, c. 51, s. 4; 1994, c. 16, s. 36; 2005, c. 28, s. 117; 2013, c. 28, s. 162.
1.2. The Minister shall devise policies relating to the fields within his competence and propose them to the Government, with a view to, in particular,
(1)  promoting education, recreation and sports;
(2)  contributing, by promotion, development and support in those fields, to raising the level of scientific, cultural and professional achievement as well as the level of participation in recreation and sports activities for the population of Québec and its individual members;
(3)  taking coordinated action with the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology to foster the continuity, development and integration of educational pathways;
(4)  contributing to the harmonization of the orientations and activities of his department with general government policy and with economic, social and cultural needs.
The Minister shall be in charge of and coordinate the implementation of the policies.
He shall also be responsible for the administration of the Acts assigned to him.
1985, c. 21, s. 69; 1993, c. 51, s. 5; 2005, c. 28, s. 118; 2013, c. 28, s. 163.
1.3. For the carrying out of his duties, the Minister may, in particular,
(1)  provide the services he considers necessary to any person, group or body;
(2)  grant financial assistance out of the sums put at his disposal for that purpose, subject to the conditions he sees fit;
(3)  contribute to the development of educational institutions;
(4)  advise the Government, departments and agencies and, where necessary, make recommendations to them;
(5)  participate, with the ministers concerned and within the scope of the policy on Canadian intergovernmental affairs and the policy on international affairs, in devising and implementing programs of external cooperation in sectors in which exchanges further the development of the fields within his competence;
(6)  cooperate in the application of section 24 of the Act respecting the Ministère des Relations internationales (chapter M-25.1.1) and section 3.12 of the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (chapter M-30) for any matter relating to the fields within his competence;
(7)  obtain the necessary information from departments and agencies;
(8)  compile, analyze and publish available information.
1987, c. 78, s. 2; 1993, c. 51, s. 6; 1994, c. 15, s. 33; 1996, c. 21, s. 70; 2013, c. 28, s. 164.
2. In the fields within his competence, the duties of the Minister shall include, more particularly,
(1)  adopting measures designed to contribute to the training and development of individuals;
(2)  ensuring the development of educational institutions and overseeing the quality of the educational services provided by those institutions;
(3)  encouraging consultation and cooperation between departments and agencies and interested persons;
(4)  encouraging and coordinating the development and diffusion of information;
(5)  (paragraph repealed);
(6)  (paragraph repealed).
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 2; 1969, c. 9, s. 1; 1974, c. 6, s. 110; 1985, c. 21, s. 70; 1988, c. 84, s. 657; 1993, c. 51, s. 7; 1994, c. 16, s. 37.
3. The Minister may carry out or cause to be carried out such studies and investigations as he considers useful or necessary for the carrying on of the activities of the department, by such person or body as he may designate, or by any committee that he may establish for such purpose.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 3; 1993, c. 51, s. 8.
3.1. In fields within his competence, the Minister may, in return for payment, provide services relating to distance education to any person or body.
Notwithstanding section 1.1, the Minister may, at the request of another minister and in return for payment, provide the same services to any person or body in fields within the competence of that other minister.
1988, c. 59, s. 1.
3.2. A sharing of resources and services between the Minister and the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology is to be encouraged wherever it can be instrumental in their pursuit of objectives related to the continuity, development and integration of educational pathways or their fulfillment of efficiency and cost-benefit requirements in the management of human, financial, physical and information resources.
2013, c. 28, s. 165.
4. The Minister shall table in the National Assembly a report of the activities of the department for each fiscal year within six months of the end of the fiscal year or, if the Assembly is not sitting, within 30 days of resumption.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 4; 1988, c. 84, s. 658; 1993, c. 51, s. 9.
5. The Government, upon such conditions as it determines, may authorize the Minister to establish, administer and operate, alone or jointly with others, educational institutions in the fields within his competence.
It may also, for the purposes of this Act and on such conditions as it shall determine, authorize him to acquire immovables by agreement or expropriation, to erect and equip the buildings required and to lease and alienate the immovables of which he has become the owner.
Nevertheless the power of expropriation provided in the preceding paragraph shall not apply to lands or immovables and buildings at the disposal of a private educational institution.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 5; 1966-67, c. 59, s. 1; 1985, c. 21, s. 71; 1992, c. 68, s. 148; 1993, c. 51, s. 10; 2005, c. 28, s. 119.
5.1. (Repealed).
1993, c. 51, s. 11; 1994, c. 16, s. 38.
6. (Repealed).
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 6; 1988, c. 84, s. 659.
7. The Government shall appoint a Deputy Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, hereinafter called the “Deputy Minister”.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 7; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1993, c. 51, s. 12; 1994, c. 16, s. 39; 2000, c. 24, s. 46; 2005, c. 28, s. 195.
8. Under the direction of the Minister, the deputy minister shall have the supervision of the other officers and employees of the department and shall manage its current business.
The authority of the deputy minister is that of the Minister, his orders must be carried out in the same manner as those of the Minister and his official signature gives force and authority to any document within the jurisdiction of the department.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 8; 1978, c. 15, s. 125; 1988, c. 84, s. 660; 2000, c. 24, s. 47.
8.1. The Deputy Minister may, in writing and to the extent he indicates, delegate the exercise of his duties under this Act to a public servant or to the holder of a position.
He may, in the instrument of delegation, authorize the subdelegation of the duties he indicates; where that is the case, he shall identify the holder of a position or the public servant to whom such duties may be subdelegated.
1993, c. 51, s. 13.
9. The Government shall also appoint, in accordance with the Public Service Act (chapter F-3.1.1), all other officers and employees required for the proper administration of the department.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 9; 1965 (1st sess.), c. 14, s. 81; 1978, c. 15, s. 140; 1983, c. 55, s. 161.
10. The respective duties of the officers and employees of the department not expressly regulated by law or by the Government shall be determined by the Minister.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 10.
11. No deed, document or writing shall bind the department or be attributed to the Minister, unless signed by him, the deputy minister, an assistant deputy minister or another officer. In the case of such other officer, he must be duly authorized in writing by the Minister, except in matters of budget approval and loans, where he is authorized only to the extent determined by government regulation published in the Gazette officielle du Québec.
Nevertheless the Government, on such conditions as it may fix, may permit the necessary signature to be affixed by means of an automatic device to such documents as it determines.
The Government may also permit a facsimile of the necessary signature to be engraved, lithographed or printed on such documents as it determines; in such case, the facsimile shall have the same validity as the signature itself, if the document is countersigned by a person authorized by the Minister.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 11; 1965 (1st sess.), c. 65, s. 1; 1966-67, c. 59, s. 2; 1981, c. 27, s. 25; 2000, c. 24, s. 48.
12. A copy of any document forming part of the archives of the department, certified as a true copy by a person authorized to sign such document in accordance with the first paragraph of section 11, is authentic and has the same validity as the original.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 12; 1978, c. 15, s. 126.
12.1. The Government may, by regulation, authorize the Deputy Minister, an assistant deputy minister or another officer to exercise any power conferred on the Minister under any Act which is under his responsibility or any duty entrusted to the Minister pursuant thereto but, in the case of an officer, only to the extent determined by regulation.
Every regulation made under this section comes into force on the date of its publication in the Gazette officielle du Québec or on any later date fixed therein.
1984, c. 39, s. 595; 1988, c. 84, s. 661; 1993, c. 51, s. 14; 2000, c. 24, s. 49.
13. The Minister may enter into an agreement according to law with any government other than that of Québec, any department of such a government, any international organization or any agency of such a government or organization, in order to carry out his duties.
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 13; 1985, c. 21, s. 72.
13.1. (Section renumbered).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 2011, c. 18, s. 28; 2013, c. 28, s. 206.
See section 17 of chapter M-15.1.0.1.
13.2. (Repealed).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 2011, c. 18, s. 324; 2011, c. 18, s. 174.
13.3. (Section renumbered).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 1993, c. 51, s. 15; 1994, c. 16, s. 40; 2005, c. 28, s. 195; 2011, c. 18, s. 29, s. 325; 2011, c. 18, s. 29; 2013, c. 28, s. 206.
See section 18 of chapter M-15.1.0.1.
13.4. (Section renumbered).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 1993, c. 51, s. 16; 1994, c. 16, s. 41; 2000, c. 15, s. 110; 2005, c. 28, s. 195; 2011, c. 18, s. 175; 2013, c. 28, s. 206.
See section 19 of chapter M-15.1.0.1.
13.5. (Repealed).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 2011, c. 18, s. 176.
13.6. (Repealed).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 2011, c. 18, s. 176.
13.7. (Section renumbered).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 2011, c. 18, s. 177; 2013, c. 28, s. 206.
See section 20 of chapter M-15.1.0.1.
13.8. (Repealed).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 1991, c. 73, s. 5; 2000, c. 8, s. 159; 2000, c. 15, s. 111; 2011, c. 18, s. 178.
13.9. (Repealed).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 2011, c. 18, s. 178.
13.10. (Repealed).
1988, c. 59, s. 2; 1999, c. 40, s. 180; 2011, c. 18, s. 178.
14. (Repealed).
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 14; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1985, c. 21, s. 73.
15. (Repealed).
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 15; 1985, c. 21, s. 73.
16. (Repealed).
R. S. 1964, c. 233, s. 16; 1965 (1st sess.), c. 66, s. 1; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1985, c. 21, s. 73.
17. (Repealed).
1982, c. 21, s. 1; 1986, c. 101, s. 12; 1988, c. 84, s. 662; 2000, c. 24, s. 50.
18. (Repealed).
1986, c. 101, s. 12; 1988, c. 84, s. 663; 1994, c. 11, s. 1; 1999, c. 28, s. 1; 2000, c. 24, s. 51.
REPEAL SCHEDULES

In accordance with section 17 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes (chapter R-3), chapter 233 of the Revised Statutes, 1964, in force on 31 December 1977, is repealed, except the preamble, effective from the coming into force of chapter M-15 of the Revised Statutes.

In accordance with section 17 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R-3), preamble of chapter 233 of the Revised Statutes, 1964, in force on 1 November 1980, is repealed effective from the coming into force of the updating to 1 November 1980 of chapter M-15 of the Revised Statutes.