Education ministry announces more funding for school improvements

Mike Bernier has been re-elected in Peace River South/Photo: B.C. Government

VICTORIA, B.C. – The BC government has announced $20 million in funding via the School Enhancement Program to repair, upgrade and improve schools across the province.

The announcement comes in addition to $45 million that the province was spending to improve 124 schools back in May. The program has also been expanded to include flooring replacement as eligible projects to receive funding.

The types of projects eligible for the funding include:

  • plumbing, boiler, and other mechanical upgrades
  • heating and ventilation upgrades
  • roof repairs or replacement
  • windows, lighting and electrical system upgrades
  • safety enhancements – including fire protection

“Over the past two years we’ve been able to invest $80 million in our School Enhancement Program to help districts extend the lives of their schools,” said Education Minister Mike Bernier. “It’s an investment that will pay dividends for parents and students, for taxpayers, and for school districts well into the future.”

Projects that are submitted by school districts will be chosen to receive funding based on need, priority and whether they are deemed to support student learning, and must cost between $100,000 and $3 million.

The deadline for school districts to apply is September 15th, and the projects must be substantially completed by March 31st, 2017.