Groundbreaking new student housing, dining hall at UVic (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Jen Holmwood

Press Secretary
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
Jen.Holmwood@gov.bc.ca
250 818-4881

Jennifer Fernandes

Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
Jennifer.fernandes@gov.bc.ca
250 889-8370

Backgrounders

Facts about post-secondary funding by the Province
  • The B.C. government is delivering on its affordability promise by investing $450 million in the construction of approximately 5,000 student beds.
  • An additional 3,000 student beds will be built through non-government partnerships and institutional self-financing for a total of about 8,000 new beds.
  • Approximately 5,000 new student beds have been completed or are underway.
  • 4,265 new student housing beds have been announced.
    • 1,975 beds via loans/grants plus 2,290 beds via post-secondary institutions’ self-financing and partnerships.
  • Since 2018, the B.C. government funded 1,975 student beds. This is an increase of 1,419%, up from 130 total beds funded by the Province in the previous 16 years.
  • The bed numbers to date by post-secondary institution breakdown as follows:
    • College of New Caledonia: 12 beds
    • Thompson Rivers University: 533 beds
    • University of Victoria: 621 net new beds (783 total)
    • College of the Rockies: 100 beds
    • UBC Okanagan: 220 beds
    • Coast Mountain College: 104 total student beds
    • Simon Fraser University: 386 new beds
  • The B.C. government is directly investing $1.8 billion in planned capital expenses in the post-secondary sector over the next three years (2020-21 to 2022-23).