January 17: All VIU campuses and facilities closed for day

Graphic depicting snowy weather with Severe Weather Closure written across

January 17, 2024 - 6:00am

Update, 8:30 am: All VIU campuses and facilities are now closed for the rest of the day (January 17). The next update will be by 6:30 am tomorrow morning on whether campuses and facilities will re-open for tomorrow (January 18).

Wednesday January 17, 2024: Vancouver Island University’s  Nanaimo, Cowichan, tiwšɛmawtxʷ, Parksville campuses, Milner Gardens and Deep Bay Marine Field Station are closed (Wednesday January 17, 2024) due to severe weather. 

Cowichan, tiwšɛmawtxʷ, Parksville campuses, Milner Gardens and Deep Bay will be closed for the FULL DAY.

An update for afternoon classes for the Nanaimo campus will be provided by 10:30 am today. 

Please note: Campus/facility closure days are regular workday/learning days unless the work/learning performed is on campus and cannot be performed remotely.

If you are unable to continue to work or study remotely on a snow closure day due to other obligations, please contact your supervisor or your instructor to discuss options.  

Facilities that will remain open on the Nanaimo campus during the closure include: 

  • The library commons (card ID access only) 
  • The entrance to the main cafeteria seating area (not the food purchasing area) (B300, card access only)
  • VIU Residences

The VIU gym is closed.

Re-opening information


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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