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Campbell River Campus Expansion

NIC is proud to receive $13.5 million to support Campbell River high school and college students with modern shops, classrooms and support services at Timberline Secondary School and North Island College's Campbell River campus. NIC students will receive improved facilities and better access to advisors, employment counsellors and peer supports in an adult learning environment. Timberline will receive approximately $1.5 million in renovated classrooms, shops and administration offices.

CR Campus Summary of Additions

The Campbell River campus will receive 58,706 square feet in new shops, classrooms and support services, roughly the size of the Canadian Tire store in Campbell River. Timberline and NIC will also see 43,830 square feet of renovations.

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Key Facts

  • $13.5 million for high school and college students in Campbell River
  • Funded $5.76 million from the provincial government, $5.76 million from the federal government and $2 million from NIC
  • NIC students receive 58,706 square feet in new space (roughly the size of Campbell River's Canadian Tire store) for Professional Cook teaching kitchens, Heavy Duty Mechanics and Aircraft Structures shops, a student commons, science labs, redesigned library facilities, a new simulated lab and mock homecare suite for Practical Nursing students plus 43,830 square feet in renovated space
  • All NIC students in Campbell River receive improved access to advisors, Elders, counsellors and student supports Separate duplex-style facilities for Timberline Secondary and NIC


What's next?

  • Site clearing and de-watering
  • Prepare new trades compound and access roads
  • Detailed meetings with Timberline Secondary and school district stakeholders

What's Done?

  • Chernoff Thompson Architects hired as architects and engineering consultants
  • Initial meetings with School District 72 and internal stakeholders to discuss building design, layout and workflow


  • JAN 24, 2017: $13.5 million funding announced
  • JANUARY 2017: Site preparation and construction starts on new parking lot, roadway access and outdoor workspace (compound)
  • SPRING 2017: Begin construction on new heavy duty shop, student commons and teaching kitchen, new science labs and classrooms
  • LATE DECEMBER 2017: New teaching kitchen operational
  • LATE 2017 / EARLY 2018: Timberline moves into renovated spaces
  • LATE 2017 / EARLY 2018: Construction starts on Aircraft Structures building, renovated NIC bookstore, registration, machine shop and NIC nursing centre
  • APRIL 30, 2018: All new spaces operational


  • How will the new facility benefit NIC students?
    • Consolidate NIC's Campbell River campuses at one location, resulting in a better learning environment to meet students' educational and training needs
    • New modern facilities for existing Aircraft Structures, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport and Professional Cook students
    • Provide an adult learning environment for NIC students by separating the high school from the college
    • Provide efficient and modern student commons and redesigned library
    • Improve access for students with disabilities
    • Construct an Aboriginal student lounge and study area with adjacent office space for the Elder in Residence
    • Reduce NIC's energy usage and improve its carbon footprint
  • How will the facility benefit Timberline Secondary students?
    • The project includes approximately $1.5 million in renovations to Timberline classrooms, shops and administration offices
    • Once complete, high school students will have their own clearly identifiable area, with improved safety and security for Timberline students
  • What is the overall budget?
    • The total cost is $13.5 million.
      • The Province of BC is providing $5.76 million
      • The Government of Canada is providing $5.76 million
      • North Island College is contributing $2 million
  • When will the first classes be able to use the new facility?
    • Construction will get underway in early 2017 with spaces being operational in spring 2018
  • Where will the additions be built?
    • The new upgrades will take place at NIC's Dogwood campus. See the project map for site details (link to initial photo above)
  • Who will do the work?
    • Chernoff Thompson Architects are hired as architects and engineering consultants
    • The construction management team is expected to be finalized in early 2017

For more information, contact:

North Island College


Map of upgraded campus PDF file