VIU's Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses closed due to severe weather

Words Severe Weather Closure written with a snowy background

December 20, 2022 - 5:45am

Tuesday, December 20, 2022: Vancouver Island University’s  Nanaimo, Cowichan and tiwšɛmawtxw (Powell River) campuses are closed today, December 20 due to severe weather. The Parksville centre will also be closed. 

Milner Christmas Magic will open tonight as previously scheduled. 

Today’s exams are being rescheduled. An alternate exam schedule will be posted shortly in the Student Record System.

Campus 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) 
  • Upper cafeteria seating area (including microwaves)
  • VIU Residences  


The next update will be by 6:30 am on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

The VIU Safety App provides the latest updates and information. To receive push/screen notifications from the VIU Safety App, go to your phone’s settings, scroll down, click on “VIU Safety,” and then enable “Allow Notifications.”

After the VIU Safety App is updated, information is shared via:  

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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