Cowichan campus open for classes Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

February 2, 2020

VIU’s Cowichan campus will resume regular classes and business on Monday, February 3, 2020. The roads have reopened. Please use caution while travelling. If conditions near your place of residence remain bad and you feel you cannot make it to VIU, use your discretion. Please communicate with your instructors or supervisors about making alternate arrangements.   Read more

VIU Cowichan campus closed today (February 1)

February 1, 2020

Vancouver Island University’s Cowichan campus is closing as of 12:30 pm today (Saturday, February 1, 2020) for the rest of the day and evening due to the local state of emergency declared by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Roads throughout the mid-Island have flooded and closed.All classes and examinations are cancelled, and services are suspended. All employees and students are asked not... Read more

Coronavirus monitoring

January 31, 2020

VIU has been actively monitoring the situation regarding a respiratory illness called the Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV since the illness was identified. There has been one confirmed case in BC. The province remains at LOW risk according to the BC Centre for Disease Control.VIU takes the health and safety of our students and employees seriously. A website has been created where you will be able to... Read more

Human rights Advocate Louise Arbour to be honoured by VIU.

Human Rights Advocate Honoured by VIU

January 27, 2020

Louise Arbour, who has dedicated her professional career to advocating for a more just and compassionate world, will be presented with an honorary degree from VIU on January 31.­­The Honourable Louise Arbour has had an extraordinary judicial career protecting democracy, human rights, social justice and equality. But after almost 30 years on the bench and international stage, the globally... Read more

Deb Saucier, Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative

VIU Participates in Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative

January 21, 2020

VIU is excited to participate in the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative, which aims to support the voices and ideas of Indigenous peoples directly, and complement the Government of Canada’s investments to improve housing conditions in Indigenous communities. Please see this Indigenous Services Canada news release for more details on this project: Indigenous Homes Innovation... Read more

Update for Jan. 19, 2020: ALL VIU locations set to resume regular Sunday business

January 18, 2020

Update for January 19, 2020: All VIU locations are expected to resume their regular Sunday operation. Any changes to this will be broadcast through channels by 6:30 am on Sunday morning. Normal classes and all business are expected to resume on Monday, January 20, 2020. VIU will continue to monitor the weather and make any adjustments as necessary. Expect winter... Read more

Jan. 18, 2020: VIU Nanaimo campus and GR Paine CLOSED

January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus, G.R. Paine Horticultural Centre, and Deep Bay Marine Field Station are CLOSED for the day and evening. Snow and ice have made travel and locations unsafe. The next update will be by 6:30 am on Sunday, January 19, 2020. Please do not start to travel to these locations before you have received this communication.All other... Read more


January 17, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020: All VIU campuses (Nanaimo, Cowichan and Powell River) and the Parksville/Qualicum Centre are open today, Friday, January 17, for classes and regular business. The G.R. Paine Horticultural Centre, Milner Gardens and Woodland, and the Deep Bay Marine Field Station are also open. VIU will continue to monitor the weather and share updates as required.... Read more

Update: Jan. 16, 2020: VIU Nanaimo, Cowichan, Parksville-Qualicum locations CLOSED ALL DAY AND EVENING

January 16, 2020

AFTERNOON UPDATE: January 16, 2020: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus, Cowichan campus and Trades Centre, Parksville-Qualicum Centre, G.R. Paine Horticultural Centre, and Milner Gardens and Woodland will remain CLOSED for the rest of today (Thursday, January 16, 2020). Crews continue to work hard to make locations safe. Next update will be at 6:30 am ... Read more

VIU Nanaimo, Cowichan, Powell River and Parksville-Qualicum Locations Closed Today (Wednesday, January 15)

January 15, 2020

UPDATE: VIU's Powell River campus is also closing as of 12:30 pm today (Wednesday, January 15) for afternoon and evening classes. The next update for all VIU locations will take place by 6:30 am on January 16, 2020.January 15, 2020: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus, Cowichan campus and Trades Centre, Parksville-Qualicum Centre, G.R. Paine Horticultural Centre, and Milner Gardens... Read more