Renovation builds trades training future on Sunshine Coast

October 14, 2011 - 2:20am

Ministry of Advanced Education


Industry Canada


POWELL RIVER – Trades students on the Sunshine Coast can now enjoy an enhanced training experience in new, energy-efficient surroundings thanks to a timely renovation of the trades centre at Vancouver Island University’s Powell River campus.


Today’s grand opening of Vancouver Island University’s Powell River campus coincides with the university’s 75th anniversary celebrations.


The trades centre will give students from communities on northern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast easier access to trades training opportunities. The new building includes computer labs, a library and bookstore.


Vancouver Island University received $976,000 from the provincial and federal governments for this renovation project through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, part of both governments’ commitment to repair and expand research and educational facilities at post-secondary institutions.


This was among 39 projects at post-secondary institutions throughout the province that were part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a joint federal-provincial investment designed to renew infrastructure at post-secondary institutions across B.C., while also providing local jobs for communities.


Quotes


John Weston, MP for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country –


“Our government's Knowledge Infrastructure Program investments in Canadian universities, colleges, and polytechnic schools have created jobs across the country.”


“This project will enhance Vancouver Island University's ability to innovate, strengthening Powell River and the people of the community for years to come.”


Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley –


“This new trades facility enhances the learning environment for students and instructors and supports the continued growth of VIU. The investment is another example of our government’s commitment to ensuring British Columbians have access to the best possible education opportunities so they can secure good jobs to support their families.”


Ralph Nilson, president of Vancouver Island University –


“VIU is committed to providing regional access to higher learning. This project demonstrates that commitment, contributing significantly to the quality of education, the experience of students studying in our programs and to economic development in the region. The economy of the Powell River region is in transition, from a resource-based economy to a more diversified economy.”


“Trades programs are an essential component of economic sustainability, as VIU generates opportunities for training and employment with First Nations communities and industry.”


Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education


"Trades training and skills development is a critical component of our province’s economic prosperity and future success. This investment in Vancouver Island University by our government and our federal partners demonstrates our commitment to improving and expanding our post-secondary education programs."


"By providing new and improved facilities on this campus, you are improving the learning environment for students and supporting the community by providing more choices for post-secondary education closer to home. That’s good for local economies because when students graduate, they will be inclined to pursue jobs that contribute to the economy of their home community."


"I would like to extend my congratulations to the university and all of the people who worked so hard to make this trades centre possible. You can take pride in your accomplishment."


Quick facts:


• The new trades centre is 424 square metres and replaces the original out-of-date facility.


• The new trades centre is built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards.


• The new facility has increased energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.


Learn more:


Vancouver Island University: http://www.viu.ca/


Powell River campus: http://www.pr.viu.ca/


Knowledge Infrastructure Program: http://ic.gc.ca/knowledge-infrastructure


A backgrounder follows.


Contacts:


Joanne Whittier


Manager, Communications


Ministry of Advanced Education


250 952-6400


Gary Toft


Director of Communications


Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear


Minister of State (Science and Technology)


613 943-7599


Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect


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BACKGROUNDER


For Immediate Release


2011AVED0038-001296


Oct. 13, 2011


Ministry of Advanced Education


Industry Canada


Knowledge Infrastructure Program


The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is helping to provide economic stimulus and promote employment by creating jobs for engineers, architects, tradespeople and technicians. In B.C. the federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of the cost of selected projects on a cost-share basis with the Province.


The total investment in these projects is over $520 million including contributions from institutions. The projects are also part of an overall $14-billion capital infrastructure program supported by the Province to create jobs and vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.


Canada’s Economic Action Plan set out to stimulate the Canadian economy and to improve our long-term competitiveness through $12 billion in new infrastructure investment, which includes the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program.


Contacts:


Joanne Whittier


Manager, Communications


Ministry of Advanced Education


250.952.6400


Gary Toft


Director of Communications


Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear


Minister of State (Science and Technology)


613 943-7599


Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect



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