Post-secondary institutions on Vancouver Island are set to receive emergency funding for students to access in order to help cope with financial pressures created by COVID-19.
Camosun College, Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, North Island College and Vancouver Island University are all set to receive funding for student supports amid the ongoing pandemic.
The non-repayable emergency assistance can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, food, travel, portable computers and other supports for students who are returning to campuses for 2021-22.
“This emergency financial assistance provides an important safety net for students to ensure they have the funds to focus on continuing their education,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “We know that pursuing post-secondary education can be challenging and stressful at any time, and particularly during a pandemic. That’s why we are taking steps to make sure students facing unexpected circumstances can access financial help.”
In total, Vancouver Island post-secondary institutions will receive $2,078,500 in emergency assistance funding. The funds will be divided to the six facilities accordingly:
- Camosun College – $397,000
- Royal Roads University – $271,000
- University of Victoria – $494,500
- North Island College – $324,500
- Vancouver Island University – $591,500
“With classes moving online and the impact of the pandemic on the job market, it’s more important than ever we support our students. This emergency funding will provide a boost to those who need it most, so they can continue to pursue their studies,” said Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head.
Lana Popham, MLA for Saanich South emphasizes that it has been a tough year for students in Victoria and across the province, suggesting this funding will help students “avoid difficult choices between continuing their education or paying for essentials like rent and groceries.”
The government adds that this emergency funding will help bridge the gap as life evolves into the new normal.
Students can contact their individual post-secondary institutions to learn more about accessing these emergency funds.
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