Announcements

In-person Classes Starting January 10; Updated Health and Safety Protocols

January 7, 2022

Sent on behalf of VIU’s Senior Management Team Happy New Year VIU Community, We look forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus on Monday, January 10, when in-person classes resume at VIU, supported by reinforced safety measures to keep everyone safe. The health and safety of our community When making any decisions, VIU’s Senior Management Team considers the specific... Read more


Severe Weather Closure

All campuses open today (Friday, January 7)

January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s campuses and locations are open for regular business today (Friday, January 7, 2022).  Please use caution when travelling to and from our locations and while navigating VIU grounds and be prepared for winter conditions with icy spots and slush. Employees:   We know our region has many micro-climates and accumulation can vary dramatically. If you are... Read more


Severe Weather Closure

January 6 evening update: VIU anticipates campuses will re-open on Friday, January 7

January 6, 2022

January 6, 2022 evening update: VIU crews continue to work hard to remove snow. At this point, we anticipate all campuses and facilities will re-open on Friday, January 7, but please do not start travelling to campus until you hear from us at 6:30 am tomorrow, as snow removal efforts are ongoing.     Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus, Cowichan campus and Trades Centre, Powell River... Read more


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. Please do not start to travel to VIU until... 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 students Provincial 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 Team Dear 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 to... 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 going out during... 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 unable to report to... Read more