News Stories

VIU student Agasha Mutesasira poses on one of the new accessibility ramps at VIUs Nanaimo campus

Provincial funding improves access to learning for VIU students

August 29, 2022

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is upgrading its campuses to become more inclusive and accessible. “Our post-secondary institutions are committed to making sure learning environments are accessible for all students,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “Improving accessibility will boost participation in campus activities, education and training for many students... Read more


Exterior wayfinding program makes VIU a more welcoming place to everyone

April 2, 2022

Most of us can recall, recently or not so recently, when we were new to VIU – either trying to find the place you were meeting a contact for an interview, or wandering around as a new student hoping to discover what B345 meant. In many cases, the good graces of a stranger saved us from our confusion. The sight of the stairs can be daunting for anyone, let alone if mobility may present an added... Read more

Dr. Linda Derksen with a ramp sign

Rick Hansen Foundation Funds Accessibility Projects at VIU Campuses

December 3, 2020

Accessibility upgrades aim to make VIU buildings in Nanaimo and Duncan accessible for everyone. Power door openers, wayfinding signage, grab bars in washrooms and plus size chairs are some of the improvements students and employees at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Nanaimo campus and the Cowichan Trades Centre are beginning to see thanks to funding from the BC Accessibility Grants Program... Read more

VIU Gives Students Accessibility to Succeed as Entrepreneurs

July 24, 2018

With the support of Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) pilot program, people with disabilities will have the opportunity to learn about becoming their own boss.  “Equipping people with the skills they need to thrive and succeed is vital. I’m proud of the work being done at Vancouver Island University to help people with accessibility challenges improve their quality of life and contribute to... Read more