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B.C. announces creation of trades-focused centre for clean energy

B.C. announces creation of trades-focused centre for clean energy
GOVERNMENT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA — The Government of British Columbia has announced the creation of the Centre for Clean Energy and Automotive Innovation, a $290 million facility built with the Vancouver Community College.

VANCOUVER — British Columbia is slated to become home to a new centre where people can pursue skills training focused around the clean economy and electric vehicle trades.

The Centre for Clean Energy and Automotive Innovation will be built at the Vancouver Community College thanks to a $271.3 million investment from the Government of British Columbia. Total project costs are estimated around $291.3 million.

“As our clean economy grows and British Columbians embrace electric cars faster than any other province in Canada, we must invest in the training people need to pursue in-demand careers,” Premier David Eby said in a news release.

The state-of-the-art facility will have capacity for 1,400 students per year with programs in clean-energy technology, light rail and zero emissions vehicle repair and technology.

According to the release, the number of electric vehicles in B.C. has increased by more than 95,000 in the past seven years.

The facility will be an eight-storey building with exposed mass timber in its atrium. The province anticipates construction will create 1,407 direct and 672 indirect jobs.

The centre is expected to be fully operational in time for the fall semester of 2027.

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