Student update on our fall semester

May 11, 2020

Dear VIU Students,I know the past month and a half has been filled with lots of change and uncertainty and I wanted to thank you for your patience, flexibility and resilience as we worked to respond to the many impacts of COVID-19. As the pandemic continues to affect countries... Read more


May 6, 2020

We thought we’d start by sharing a video message of encouragement and support for our students from, appropriately, our Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs, Irlanda Price. As she says in this video, we wanted to let our students know how proud we are of your... Read more

VIU Alumni Adapt to New Realities of COVID-19 Pandemic

May 1, 2020

During #GivingTuesdayNow on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, VIU is highlighting stories of alumni who are making a difference and supporting communities in a time of crisis.March 2020 will go down in history as the month many of us had our lives drastically altered due to the COVID-19... Read more

UPDATE: COVID-19, April 29

April 29, 2020

We wanted to take a moment to thank all frontline VIU employees who are working hard to keep our students and each other safe and supported. In recognition of health-care and essential service workers across Canada, VIU’s Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning is organizing... Read more

VIU Planting Vegetable Seeds for a Growing Need

Planting Vegetable Seeds for a Growing Need

April 27, 2020

VIU Horticulture facility ramps up the cultivation of vegetable starters for Nanaimo Foodshare’s Good Food Box Program.Vancouver Island University (VIU) has joined with others in the effort to meet the anticipated demand for affordable food during the COVID-19 pandemic. VIU’s G... Read more


April 23, 2020

We know for many in our community, the past month and a half has been challenging ‒ filled with rapid changes, upheaval and uncertainty about the future. With exams almost over for many of our students and faculty, we wanted to send a big thank you to everyone for the hard work and... Read more

Federal Government support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

April 22, 2020

To address the shortage of summer jobs that students and recent graduates are encountering across the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a range of new supports on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit; additional summer job... Read more


April 21, 2020

As many of our students and faculty enter the last week of exams and assessments, we just want to send words of encouragement and let you know we are thinking of you as we know how stressful this time can be. In light of that, please see our NEW ITEMS section today -... Read more

Free counselling service launches for post-secondary students

April 17, 2020

The government of British Columbia has launched Here2Talk, a new mental health counselling and referring service for post-secondary students.The service offers confidential, free single-session services by app, phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.“Until now... Read more

UPDATE: COVID-19, April 15

April 15, 2020

There are so many different ways our community is supporting each other – thank you! We loved this idea that came from VIU’s Student Wellness Promoters. They wanted to support students living in residence and in homestay placements throughout Nanaimo who are away from their... Read more