Comox Valley Friday, February 11, 2022 10:00 AM
Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island –
“For students who must leave their home communities in the North Island to further their education, it’s important to have a variety of affordable housing options available to them. The Housing Commons at North Island College will support a diverse range of students, from people starting their post-secondary education to adult learners balancing family and career upgrades.”
Natsuse Aramaki, NIC associate of arts student, first year, Comox Valley campus –
“When I first started at North Island College, I didn’t go out and join in on many activities as it took me some time to get used to the expectations for my classes and make some time to study. There were not very many opportunities to make friends. It would be so much better to have housing on campus – it would save me time and money. If I had any problems, it would be easier for me to ask for help at the college.”
- North Island College serves more than 9,000 students from campuses in Campbell River, Courtenay, Port Alberni and Port Hardy, as well as a learning centre in Ucluelet.
- 49% of students identifying as renters and 53% of students attending the Courtenay campus come from within the North Island region.
- The project is estimated to add 341 direct jobs, and 129 indirect jobs to the economy.
Learn more about North Island College at https://www.nic.bc.ca/
A backgrounder follows.
The Government of B.C. is investing in student housing as part of Homes for BC, a 10-year housing plan with 8,000 new on-campus student beds to be built by 2028.
To date, 6,077 new beds (3,190 government funded, 2,887 institutional self-funded) for student housing are open or underway, so more British Columbians have affordable housing alternatives to pursue post-secondary education. Provincially funded projects include:
- 148 beds at Selkirk College in Castlegar (112) and Nelson (36). Total project cost is $24.5 million ($23.6 million provincial funding).
- 376 beds at Okanagan College campuses in Vernon (100 beds), Salmon Arm (60 beds) and Kelowna (216 beds). Total project cost is $67.5 million ($66.5 million provincial funding).
- 220 beds at University of British Columbia – Okanagan in Kelowna. Total project cost is $24.9 million ($18.7 million provincial funding).
- 533 beds at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Total project cost is $38 million ($25.5 million provincial funding).
- 100 beds at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook. Total project cost is $19 million ($12.9 million provincial funding).
- 469 beds at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby. Total project cost is $114.5 million ($108.5 million provincial funding).
- 386 beds at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Total project cost is $103.5 million ($73 million provincial funding).
- 108 beds at Coast Mountain College in Terrace. Total project cost is $21.6 million ($20.6 million provincial funding).
- 12 beds at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Total project cost is $5.3 million, fully funded by the province.
- 217 beds at North Island College. Total project cost is $65.9 million ($57.3 million provincial funding).
- 621 beds and new dining facilities at the University of Victoria. Total project cost is $229.2 million ($127.9 million provincial funding).