Media Contacts

Media Relations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343 291-1777

Nova Pierson

Ministry of Advanced Education
250 208-2743

Erin Gawne

Executive Director
Communications and Marketing
College of the Rockies
250 489-8217


Facts about the College of the Rockies and post-secondary education in B.C.
  • Funding for the project:
    • Province of British Columbia: $4.8 million
    • Government of Canada: $4.2 million
    • Columbia Basin Trust: $1 million
    • Private sector: Teck $800,000
    • College of the Rockies: $700,000
  • The Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda aims to make Canada a global centre for innovation – one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. The investment at the College of the Rockies exemplifies that vision in action.
  • The targeted, short-term investments under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund promote economic activity across Canada and help Canada’s universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.
  • The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada’s climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.
  • Patterson Hall at the College of the Rockies:
    • State-of-the-art features include an electrical concepts lab, where computer technology will allow students to learn hands-on wiring techniques in a virtual setting.
    • The building measures 1,904 square metres and includes four classrooms and dedicated workshops for electrical and industrial mechanic students. A collaborative project workspace will serve as a shared workspace, and as overflow for the heavy duty equipment technician program.
    • Patterson Hall has 240 full-time-equivalent spaces for electrician and industrial mechanic (millwright) programs and has capacity to grow.
    • The building was named Patterson Hall to recognize the college’s founder, James Patterson, a local miner and school board member. Patterson was instrumental in bringing vocational training to the region, and was the first chair of what was then called East Kootenay Community College.
  • College of the Rockies
    • Over 10,000 learners a year are enrolled in classes at College of the Rockies’ seven campuses, taking courses in developmental, career and vocational trades and technology programs, academic programs and part-time continuing education.
  • Post-secondary education in British Columbia
    • More than 903,000 job openings are expected throughout B.C. between now and 2028, including 107,000 in the trades.
    • In total, British Columbia has received $256 million through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. Twenty public post-secondary institutions and one private First Nations institution in B.C. have benefited from a total of 30 individual projects throughout the province.