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Accelerating investments to keep students safe in Richmond

Since Sept. 1, 2017, government has announced nearly $200 million to upgrade or replace 13 high-risk schools, including upgrades at Richmond’s Hugh Boyd Secondary school.

Budget 2018 provides $541 million over the next three years for seismic upgrades and replacements at schools throughout B.C.

To accelerate projects in other school districts with large and complex capital programs, government continues to support project offices in Surrey and Vancouver.

Over the past few years, the Vancouver Project Office (VPO) has been able to move projects forward more quickly than was previously possible. In the past few months alone, three elementary school business cases have been approved (David Lloyd George Elementary, Bayview Elementary, and Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary).

The Capital Project Office in Surrey was established in 2017. It is already delivering results through faster business-case development, co-ordinated project procurement and the identification of future school sites. 

The Province and the Richmond Board of Education will sign a memorandum of understanding that clearly defines the terms of reference for the team, board, school district and ministry, and lays out expectations of funding. The Richmond seismic mitigation project team will be employed by the Richmond School District, but will report to a project board for the approval of all projects’ scope, schedule and budget. The project board will have representation from the ministry and the school district, and will have oversight and approval of the Richmond seismic mitigation project team's budget and expenditures.