Construction has started on a pair of Selkirk College student housing projects that will ultimately result in better learner outcomes and strengthened communities.

Students, college staff, government leaders and contractors gathered on November 4 for the official groundbreaking ceremony that signals the start of a 112-bed project on the Castlegar Campus and a 36-unit project on Nelson’s Silver King Campus. The $31.2 million investment by the provincial government will result in vital on-campus housing for students in all programs.

“Students need access to affordable housing, so they can focus on their studies without being distracted by finances or finding a safe space to call home,” says Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education & Skills Training. “By breaking ground for new housing at both the Castlegar and Nelson campuses, we are increasing the on-campus housing at Selkirk College by 71 per cent. Selkirk College is the primary academic institution in the West Kootenay and Boundary region, and this investment supports more students in the area to succeed in their educational goals.”

Announced late last year, the two-site project will add to the college’s current inventory that includes a 100-unit student housing facility on the Castlegar Campus and a 109-unit building at Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. A key element of the college’s strategic plan that’s focused on increasing access and modernizing facilities, the new units will contribute to the mission of building remarkable futures.  

“This investment in on-campus housing is very timely,” says Matear. “Combined with our broad range of programs and excellent student services, this new housing will support ongoing recruitment. It will also relieve some pressure on local housing inventories in a region with a very tight rental market.”

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