Richmond to get seismically safer educational facilities

College students and personnel in Richmond can learn and do the job in seismically safer educational facilities now that updates are total at Maple Lane and F.A. Tomsett elementary faculties. Additional seismic updates are also on the way, with perform starting at James Whiteside and William Bridge elementary educational institutions.

“Parents and households want to know their small children are secure when they fall them off at college, and these jobs exhibit our government’s ongoing commitment to assure our colleges are seismically risk-free,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Training and Kid Care. ““Our authorities appreciates the worth of harmless mastering areas, and these updates are one of the quite a few means we’re investing in universities across the province.”

Given that September 2017, the Province has invested nearly $115 million in seismic updates and replacements at 10 Richmond schools, giving virtually 4,365 college students safer areas to master. This features $14.4 million for a short while ago accomplished seismic updates to Maple Lane and F.A. Tomsett elementary universities. The Richmond College District contributed an supplemental $3.6 million for the upgrades at F.A. Tomsett, which included a four-classroom addition to guidance neighbourhood growth.

To further more enhance universities for pupils in Richmond, operate is now underway on seismic updates at William Bridge and James Whiteside elementary educational facilities. The Province has invested above $30 million for seismic upgrades at these two educational facilities, with the college district contributing $2.1 million for the do the job at James Whiteside Elementary. Construction at equally educational facilities is envisioned to be total in summer time 2023. Pupils will continue being in the schools whilst do the job is underway.

Spending budget 2022 involves $3.1 billion to be invested in faculty capital initiatives more than the next three years, which include new and expanded educational facilities, seismic updates and replacements, and land buys for long term universities. 


Kelly Greene, MLA, Richmond-Steveston 

“Seismic upgrades at Maple Lane Elementary are section of our government’s attempts to place people first by trying to keep college students and personnel risk-free. As a parent with children in Richmond educational institutions, I am grateful for the operate that goes into these critical assignments.”

Aman Singh, MLA, Richmond-Queensborough –

“It is so important to give little ones a potent get started in daily life, and having safe and sound mastering environments is one of the ideal ways to assistance healthful enhancement. Richmond has precise seismic wants, and I am so delighted to see our authorities creating the investments the people today of this city should have.”

Sandra Nixon, chair, Richmond Board of Instruction –

“The Richmond Board of Instruction is happy to announce that seismic updates have been finished at Maple Lane and Tomsett elementary. Everyone justifies to study and mature in a secure ecosystem, and we are proud to get the job done with the Ministry of Training and Youngster Care to carry on to improve the basic safety of Richmond’s universities.”

Michael Boetzkes, treasurer, Maple Lane mum or dad advisory committee –

“The Maple Lane faculty group is delighted with the current seismic updates to our faculty. It is fantastic to see the Ministry of Education and Little one Care, and the Richmond University District, renewing the schools to meet seismic specifications, and at the very same time substantially bettering the finding out surroundings for our kids.”

Fast Points:

  • These initiatives are part of the Province’s get the job done with B.C. school districts to give all pupils with access to seismically secure seats.
  • In the final four a long time, the federal government of B.C. has approved around $1.2 billion in seismic upgrades or replacements at 58 colleges provincewide, so far more than 31,400 students can be better secured at faculty for the duration of an earthquake.

Understand More:

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For extra information and facts about key public faculty capital projects, go to: and learning-coaching/k-12/administration/money/major-cash-jobs

To study far more about B.C.’s Seismic Mitigation Plan, take a look at: and learning-coaching/k-12/administration/cash/seismic-mitigation

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