BURNABY, B.C. – Approximately $46.9-million in funding has been announced to modernize electrical infrastructure to keep up with advances in skilled trades training at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
The project involves replacing the electrical system that currently powers approximately 50 per cent of the BCIT Burnaby Campus—including all of the Burnaby-based trades education programs. The new power and communication infrastructure will be designed to meet all future power demands for the next 20 years.
The updated electrical system at BCIT will support further applied research in sustainable and reliable energy, explains a release, tying into the existing programs and future energy research projects. A smart electrical system infrastructure at BCIT will also permit more efficient distribution and management of energy service on campus.
Of the $46.9-million investment, the Government of Canada is providing $11.4 million, the province is providing $32.1 million and BCIT is providing $3.4 million.
The project will create approximately 53 direct and 95 indirect jobs during construction, which will get underway shortly with Phase 1 completion expected by spring 2018.
The funding from the Government of Canada is being allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
In a release, the province stated that students, faculty and researchers will "train for — and invent — the high-value jobs of the future" and their discoveries will "plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators."
For more than 50 years, BCIT has delivered its applied education model, which blends academic and practical hands-on training. As one of the largest post-secondary institutes in British Columbia, BCIT educates over 48,000 students each year, offering credentials ranging from certificates and diplomas to bachelor’s and applied master’s degrees in areas such as applied and natural sciences, business and media, computing and IT, engineering, health sciences, and trades and apprenticeships.