An investment of more than $22 million by the federal and provincial governments and our community partners has created a brighter future for our institution (federal funding is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund). The funding is in support of two major new projects: an expansion of the Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex, and a District Geo-Exchange Energy System.
The Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex expansion illustrates how we are listening to the communities we serve. It will support our goal of providing relevant, responsive education and training for today's in-demand jobs in the skilled trades fields. This expansion will boost VIU's capacity in terms of the number of students we can have in our programs as well as foster collaboration with our industry partners and create more than 120 direct and indirect jobs.
Government media release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016AVED0125-002601