Severe Weather Closure

VIU campuses closed today (January 6) due to severe weather

January 6, 2022

Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus, Cowichan campus and Trades Centre, Powell River Campus, Parksville Centre, and G.R. Paine Horticultural Centre are CLOSED today (January 6) due to severe weather.Milner Gardens & Woodland is closed today as regularly scheduled. The next update will be at 6 pm tonight for the status of Friday, January 7.... Read more

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VIU Receives Provincial Funding to Expand Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities

January 5, 2022

Money will enhance job opportunities for studentsProvincial government funding will allow Vancouver Island University (VIU) to add two additional resources that will focus on getting more employers to hire students, and helping students become more successful in work experience placements.The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training is investing $5.5 million in one-time funding to... Read more

VIU to delay the start of classes to January 10, 2022

December 30, 2021

Sent on behalf of VIU’s Senior Management TeamDear VIU Community, Throughout the holiday break, members of the Senior Management Team have closely monitored the ever-changing pandemic situation on Vancouver Island and in BC. We have been in consultation with the Public Health Office, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, and our colleagues in the BC post-secondary community... Read more

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Former VIU president Dr. Ralph Nilson named to Order of Canada

December 29, 2021

The Order of Canada is one of the nation’s highest civilian honours.Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to share that former president and vice-chancellor Dr. Ralph Nilson has been appointed a member of the Order of Canada.In a media release issued Wednesday, December 29, 2021, by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, she announced that Nilson... Read more

Supporting our community in January 2022

December 22, 2021

As we head into the holiday break, we wanted to connect with our community about the continually evolving pandemic situation and VIU’s commitment to supporting our community’s mental and physical health and well-being.From the pandemic’s start, VIU has collaborated closely with public health officials and followed the Public Health Orders and provincial return to campus guidelines. The priority... Read more

VIU is closed December 24, reopening January 4

December 21, 2021

Vancouver Island University’s campuses and locations are closed from Friday, December 24, reopening on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Milner Gardens and Woodland is open for Milner Christmas Magic on Friday, December 17 to Sunday December 19 from 5 - 8 pm. Outside of these times, it is closed to the public until February 2022. In the event of severe weather, no communications will be... Read more

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021: VIU Nanaimo campus will reopen for afternoon classes and exams

December 18, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021: VIU's Nanaimo campus will reopen at 12 pm for afternoon classes and exams. Our crews are making excellent progress in removing snow and ice. However, some slippery patches remain. Please use caution travelling to and around the campus.FOR EMPLOYEES:  We know our region has many micro-climates and accumulation can vary dramatically. If you are... Read more

Severe Weather Closure

VIU's Nanaimo campus closed this morning (December 18) due to snow and ice concerns

December 18, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus is CLOSED this morning due to snow and ice concerns. All other VIU locations are following their regular schedule for Saturdays. Classes are cancelled and exams will be rescheduled. You will be contacted by your instructor with details.  The next update will be at 10:30 am... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: November 15-29, 2021

November 29, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.Top-performing Broadcast StoryVIU alumnus Wawmeesh Hamilton was the featured guest on the November 23 edition of the Our Native Land podcast on CHEK News. Reach: 42,000 people. Top 10 News StoriesToronto Star (through local journalism initiative): Indigenous journalists essential in amplifying the stories of Indigenous people... Read more

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Christmas Magic Returns this Holiday Season to VIU’s Milner Gardens & Woodland

November 24, 2021

Outdoor festival of lights runs Fridays to Sundays during the first three weeks of December.The garden paths and buildings at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Milner Gardens & Woodland will twinkle and glow with thousands of lights during Milner Christmas Magic this holiday season.After cancelling last year’s event due to COVID restrictions, the annual outdoor festival of lights is back... Read more