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For Immediate Release


Sept. 3, 2008

Ministry of Education




VICTORIA – The following are the facts on the Province’s seismic upgrade program for B.C. schools:


  • In 2005, government announced a 15-year, $1.5-billion program to seismically upgrade B.C. schools and remains committed to that program.


  • To date, 25 school seismic upgrades have been completed, 27 more are under construction and another 22 schools have received approval to proceed to construction.


  • From 2001 to 2007, more than $397 million was invested in seismic upgrading of schools in 37 school districts in B.C.


  • Every year, the Province also provides a total of $5 million to districts in seismic-designated zones to complete “non-structural” seismic work. This includes work such as attaching cabinets to walls, covering some windows with protective film and securing lights.


  • Seismic safety is also a key component of government’s revitalization of school infrastructure. Each of the 67 new schools built since 2001 are modern, safe seismically-sound buildings.


  • Since 2001, the Province has spent $1.3 billion to complete 67 new and replacement schools, 147 additions and 25 renovation projects.


25 seismic projects are complete:

  • Frank Hurt Secondary in Surrey
  • Captain James Cook Elementary (phase 1) in Vancouver
  • Westwood Elementary in Coquitlam
  • Gordon Head Middle in Victoria
  • Langley Fine Arts School (phase 1 and 2) in Langley
  • Senator Reid Elementary in Surrey
  • Pleasantside Elementary in Coquitlam
  • Monterey Middle in Victoria
  • Highland Secondary in the Comox Valley
  • École Robb Road (phase 1 and 2) in the Comox Valley
  • Burnsview Secondary in Delta
  • Gold River Secondary in Gold River
  • Delview Secondary in Delta
  • Devon Gardens Elementary in Delta
  • Charles Dickens Elementary in Vancouver
  • Fort Langley Elementary in Langley
  • Ellendale Elementary in Surrey
  • John Norquay Elementary in Vancouver
  • Seaview Community in Coquitlam
  • Meadowbrook Elementary in Coquitlam
  • Carihi Secondary in Campbell River
  • École Des Deux Mondes Elementary in Campbell River
  • Eagle View Elementary in Vancouver Island North
  • Simon Fraser Elementary in Vancouver
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary in Vancouver


27 projects are under construction:

  • Chilliwack Central Community Elementary
  • W.J. Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford
  • William A. Fraser Middle in Abbotsford
  • Porter Street Elementary in Coquitlam
  • Mount Douglas Secondary in Victoria
  • Sunshine Hills Elementary in Delta
  • Vancouver Technical Secondary in Vancouver
  • Stelly's Secondary in Saanich
  • Belmont Elementary in Langley
  • Green Timbers Elementary in Surrey
  • Port Guichon Elementary in Delta
  • Trafalgar Elementary in Vancouver
  • Walter Moberly Elementary in Vancouver
  • Baker Drive Elementary in Coquitlam
  • Canyon Heights Elementary in North Vancouver
  • Carisbrooke Elementary in North Vancouver
  • Maquinna Elementary in Alberni
  • Southgate Middle School in Campbell River
  • KB Woodward Elementary in Surrey
  • Sullivan Elementary in Surrey
  • Mountainview Montessori in Surrey
  • Ideal Mini School in Vancouver
  • Anmore Elementary in Coquitlam
  • Margaret Jenkins Elementary in Victoria
  • Prospect Lake Elementary in Saanich
  • Pauline Haarer Elementary in Nanaimo-Ladysmith
  • Peterson Road Elementary in Langley





Public Affairs Bureau

Ministry of Education

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