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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Northern Lights College had a historic day today as they broke ground on the new $33 million trades training facility at the Dawson Creek campus.

The trades training facility is being supported by the Government of Canada through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

The new $33 million training centre will replace the Second World War-era structure currently in use by trades students as well as instructors.

The Province of B.C. will be putting $15.06 million towards the project, while the Government of Canada is putting an additional $14.57 million. Northern Lights College and private partners will contribute an additional $3.39 million.

Peace River South MLA, Mike Bernier, says this building is a great milestone to reach.

“The start of construction is an exciting milestone. The new building will meet campus, student, business and community needs. Once complete, students will have the opportunity to obtain the necessary skills and training for a career in the trades in a new learning facility.”

The new facility will be 3,995 square-metres. There will also be the demolition of the current existing facilities which is 4,000 square-metres.

Private partners include Canbriam Energy Inc., Encana Services Company, Shell Canada, Black Swan Energy, Continental Pipeline and TransCanada Pipeline. They will help make up the difference of costs.

The new trade buildings are expected to be ready in early 2018.

Bryn Kulmatycki, president and CEO, Northern Lights College says he is thankful for the support from both the federal and provincial governments.

“I would like to acknowledge the funding from the federal and provincial government, as well as the incredible support from the community and business partners. Our intention is to develop a new trades centre that is responsive to the needs of students, employers and industry here in the Peace region. Northern Lights College will continue to build on its reputation and train skilled workers who can continue to drive B.C.’s resource economy.”

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