DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The BC Government, as well as Canadian Government announced today that they are putting $33.02 million into Northern Lights College that will provide opportunities for those who want to start a career in trades to get the proper skills as well as training in a new state-of-the-art facility.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Mike Bernier, B.C. Minister of Education and MLA for Peace River South, on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education.
The new building will replace the current World War II-era structure. The Canadian Government is giving $14.57 million, while the BC Government is giving $15.06 million towards the project.
Northern Lights College and private partners will contribute $3.39 million. Private partners contributing to the new building include: Canbriam Energy Inc., Encana Services Company, Shell Canada and TransCanada Pipelines.
Construction is expected to start in Summer of 2016 and be ready for occupancy by early 2018. The project itself will create 133 direct and 102 indirect jobs during development.
“Our government wants B.C. students to be first in line for the almost one million jobs expected by 2025. A new trades training facility in Dawson Creek benefits students, instructors and future employers in a range of sectors throughout northern B.C.” – The Honourable Mike Bernier, B.C. Minister of Education and MLA for Peace River South on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education.