Government has spent over $1.5 billion to complete 164 seismic high-risk school projects throughout the province, since launching the Seismic Mitigation Program in 2004.
Four additional schools were added to the Seismic Mitigation Program in 2017, taking the total number of schools from 342 to 346.
With 228 school seismic projects either completed or in progress, there are 118 schools remaining to be addressed. There is enough funding under the Seismic Mitigation Program to address all of these schools.
Government has $560 million set aside for high-risk seismic projects in its 2017 three-year capital plan.
- In the past five years, government has invested $500 million in seismic upgrades and replacements.
- There are 61 school seismic projects throughout B.C. currently under construction, proceeding to construction, or in business case development.
- The pace of upgrades is largely dependent on how quickly and efficiently school boards map out their priorities and deliver on upgrades.
- Ten B.C. school districts have completed or are finishing their final seismic mitigation projects:
- Sunshine Coast
- Powell Rover
- Haida Gwaii
- Gulf Islands
- Vancouver Island West
- Vancouver Island North
- Campbell River
- In Vancouver, 23 of the district's 89 high-risk schools have been seismically upgraded or replaced, and 10 projects worth more than $240 million are underway or recently complete.
- In November 2016, government directed the Vancouver Project Office to develop a plan on how best to fast-track the remaining seismic upgrades or replacement projects in Vancouver.
See a full list of projects completed, underway and pending here: http://ow.ly/RDpE30aBd2G