MAPLE RIDGE – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Lisa Beare says that, thanks to an accelerated Seismic Mitigation Program, parents at Westview Secondary and Fairview Elementary can rest easy this September, as their children will return to seismically upgraded schools.
Beare says the completion of these upgrades has been a part of a record investment in B.C. schools by the New Democrat government, and that Maple Ridge in particular has benefitted from $3 million for the two seismic upgrade projects, as well as over $4 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects, announced earlier this year.
“For 16 years the previous government neglected our education system, and students and teachers in Maple Ridge were not given the support they needed,” said MLA Beare. “We’re doing things differently, and I’m proud to be a part of a government that’s committed to investing in students by giving them the best and safest learning environments possible.”
Beare says that over the course of this past year, $639 million in capital projects – including new schools, additions, upgrades and land purchases for future schools – has been announced across B.C. She says these investments will create more spaces for students and ensure a better learning environment.
For more information on the major capital projects currently underway at public schools in B.C., visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/capital/major-capital-projects
For more information on the Government of B.C.’s Seismic Mitigation Program, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/capital/seismic-mitigation