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Facts about the Centre for Food, Wine and Tourism
  • Construction is expected to begin this year, with the centre opening to students in 2026.
  • The total cost of the project will be $48.8 million.
    • Okanagan College will contribute $4 million toward the project, working with Okanagan College Foundation, community and industry partners to meet this commitment.
  • As part of its food, wine and tourism offerings, Okanagan College will continue to work with Indigenous communities to develop and implement programming that reflects local and regional Indigenous cultures, foods and connection to the land.
  • The Centre for Food, Wine and Tourism will be a hybrid mass timber building with the project targeting Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code, the highest attainable level for this building type and occupancy.
  • The project design will consider accessibility, include gender-neutral washrooms, and target the Rick Hansen Foundation Gold Certification, exceeding B.C.’s Building Accessibility Handbook.
  • Okanagan College received $71.5 million provincial funding for student housing for campuses in Vernon (100 beds), Salmon Arm (60 beds) and Kelowna (216 beds) as part of a separate project addressing student housing.