New, affordable, on-campus student housing is coming to Coast Mountain College’s Terrace campus, with 108 new beds to replace outdated housing and 33 net new student beds.

Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast has said that the student housing in Terrace has been in a state of disrepair since I was a Coast Mountain College student almost two decades ago. After two years in government, I’m proud to say we’re fixing this. We’re breaking down barriers by investing in students’ success.”

“Students should be able to focus on acquiring the skills and training they need to join B.C.’s thriving economy, and not worry about finding a place to live,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “The new student homes are part of our government’s commitment to address a call to action from students, and rural and Indigenous communities in B.C.’s northwest, to create more affordable housing closer to home and lift students up to success.”

The announcement of two new student housing buildings was made by Mark, who was joined by students, staff and faculty during a visit to the campus.

Two new three-storey, 54-bed student housing buildings at Coast Mountain College will replace four obsolete buildings.

The project will consist of 33 net new beds, 71 replaced beds and four new suites for Elders or relatives for a total of 108 beds.

Improving student housing is a priority for the college, which serves 34 communities, including 21 Indigenous communities. This new housing project was designed with First Nations consultation.

Each new building will have accessible communal spaces, such as a student lounge, study space, lounge, Indigenous cultural space and a communal kitchen. All common areas will be fully accessible and barrier free.

The student housing will be more energy efficient, meeting the highest standards, consistent with the Province’s long-term climate strategy, CleanBC.

The provincial government is investing $18.7 million for the $19.7-million project. The remainder of the funding will come from the college.

Construction is expected to start in summer 2020, with completion in fall 2021.