Media Contacts

Media Relations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343 291-1777

Nova Pierson

Media Relations
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 208-2743

David Connop Price

Manager, Media and Communications
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
604 599-2840


Facts about Spruce Building upgrades and Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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 Kwantlen Polytechnic University exemplifies that vision in action.

In total, British Columbia received $256 million through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. Twenty public post-secondary institutions and one private First Nation institution in B.C. benefited from 30 individual projects throughout the province.

Upgrades to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Spruce Building consisted of renovations to the 3,500-square-metre building, and a 2,100-square-metre addition.

KPU is Canada’s only polytechnic university, focusing on hands-on skills as well as traditional academics. More than 20,000 learners a year take its diverse range of degree, diploma, certificate and citation programs.

More than 588,470 job openings are expected in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and southwest region between now and 2028. Health care and scientific and technical services are among the largest industries in the region.