Training & Education
New Trades & Technology Complex coming to BCIT Burnaby
By Anthony Capkun
March 16, 2022 – British Columbia Institute of Technology’s trades and technology programs will soon have access to new training facilities, courtesy of an investment of $162.6 million in the Trades & Technology Complex (TTC) at the Burnaby campus.
The province is providing $136.6 million while BCIT is providing $26 million toward the first phase of the TTC, which also includes contributions from industry partners across six sectors.
“The new Trades and Technology Complex will help ensure future students have access to the best tools, instruction and equipment needed to meet the demand for an estimated 85,000 new trades jobs expected over the next 10 years,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training.
At the heart of the complex will be a new Trades and Technology Centre, which will combine workshops, simulation, a maker space, and a trades discovery centre. The development will also include a Marine and Mass Timber Workshop, a Carpentry Pavilion constructed of mass timber, a Campus Services Building, and the ecological restoration of Guichon Creek.
“BCIT is grateful for the support of the province, for the generous contributions of the many industry partners from across multiple sectors, including forestry, mining, and construction who make the Trades and Technology Complex possible,” said Kathy Kinloch, BCIT president.
Construction of the new Trades and Technology Complex will begin in 2023.
— With files from Jacqueline Ranit.