All VIU campuses open today (December 21)

A clear path that has had the snow shoveled off of it with bright blue sky.

December 21, 2022 - 6:00am

Wednesday, December 21, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo, Cowichan and tiwšɛmawtxw (Powell River) campuses are open today, December 21, 2022. Milner Gardens Christmas Magic will proceed as scheduled tonight.

Please note: All VIU campuses are closed from Friday, December 23, 2022, to Tuesday, January 2, 2023 (inclusive), and there will be no severe weather communications during this period. Areas of the Nanaimo campus noted below will remain accessible via student/employee cards:

  • The Library Commons (card ID access only) 
  • Upper cafeteria seating area (including microwaves)
  • VIU Residences  

Reminders about processes when campuses re-open after a snowfall:


If your campus re-opens and you are unable to report to work or will be late to work because of ongoing inclement weather conditions and/or you have dependents affected by lack of childcare and alternative arrangements cannot be made, please contact your manager/department lead. We encourage you to use your discretion and work with your manager to make alternate work arrangements. People with mobility challenges or known medical conditions that may be exacerbated by a fall due to slippery conditions/weather conditions on campus may wish to evaluate their individual circumstance with their manager prior to coming to campus. 


We know our region has many micro-climates and snow accumulation can vary dramatically. Students are asked to use their best judgment when deciding if they are able to travel if your campus is open. If you are not able to safely travel to campus, students are asked to let their instructors know and work with your instructor for accommodations for missed work and exams due to severe weather.  

More information

For more information, visit VIU’s Severe Weather Procedures page.  

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