BURNABY, B.C. — Brentwood Park Elementary in Burnaby, B.C. is set to receive a significant expansion and seismic upgrade, as announced by the Ministry of Education and Child Care.
The project, valued at over $39 million, is expected to be completed by September 2026. This expansion will add 165 seats to the school and include seismic improvements to three wings of the building.
The upgrade is part of a broader initiative to provide improved educational facilities in British Columbia. The project also involves the establishment of a neighbourhood learning centre at the school, which will create 37 child care spaces for children up to five years old. This is made possible by $2.2 million in funding from ChildCareBC New Spaces. Furthermore, an additional $1.4 million will be used to construct a standalone child care centre offering before- and after-school care.
Since September 2017, the Burnaby School District has seen over $208 million in investments for the expansion and seismic upgrading or replacement of six schools. In the last six years, the government has announced 25,000 new student spaces and 35,000 seats in seismically safer schools across the province, with approximately $4 billion allocated for these improvements and land purchases for future school projects.
Budget 2023 includes $3.4 billion over three years for school capital projects, encompassing new and expanded schools, seismic upgrades, replacements and land acquisitions for future educational facilities.