View the printer-friendly version of this release.
Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
Nov. 2, 2016
Ministry of Education
Cariboo Chilcotin students benefit from school improvement project

WILLIAMS LAKE – Students, teachers and staff at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary school in the Cariboo Chilcotin school district will benefit from $100,000 in provincial School Enhancement Program funding.  

Donna Barnett, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin announced today, on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier, that the district will use the new funding to replace the school’s dust collection system.

Government announced an extra $20 million in funding under the program in September 2016. As a result, 217 school improvement projects have been approved to proceed throughout the province.

Out of the 217 approved projects, 122 schools will use the funding to upgrade their plumbing lines and fixtures. A number of districts will benefit from new or repaired roofs or upgraded fire response systems. For this round of funding, the Ministry of Education expanded the scope of eligible projects to include flooring upgrades and 30 schools will benefit from improved flooring.

As a result of B.C.'s fiscal discipline and balanced budget, government is able to support student learning, community development and local jobs through key investments like the School Enhancement Program.


Donna Barnett, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin –

“Taking care of our schools is an essential part of being able to offer our students a quality educational experience. By enabling Peter Skene Ogden Secondary school to replace its dust collection system, these funds will make the school a healthier, more comfortable place to learn.”

Quick Facts:

  • The School Enhancement Program is aimed at helping school districts extend the life of their facilities through a wide range of improvement projects, including: 
    • 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; and
    • flooring upgrades.
  • Districts applied for funding to the Ministry of Education in September 2016. Successful projects were chosen based on need, priority and how well they support student learning and safety.
  • To be eligible, projects must cost between $100,000 and $3 million and be substantially complete by March 31, 2017.
  • Budget 2016 provides $1.7 billion in capital funding over three years to replace aging facilities, build more student spaces in growing communities and improve school seismic safety.

Learn More:

B.C.’s School Enhancement Program:

Media Contact:
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: