Cowichan Secondary School, which was deemed unsafe for more than a decade, will finally expect its new seismically-safe facility.
B.C's Education Minister Rob Fleming announced that the B.C government is providing $79.9 million to replace Cowichan Secondary as part of the province's seismic mitigation program, while the Cowichan Valley School District is providing $2.2 million.
"Students deserve to study in a seismically safe environment that protect them from an earthquake," he added.
The capacity of the new school will be able to accommodate approximately 1,100 students. The school will include a new sports field and neighbourhood learning centre with the elimination of the necessity of portables. It is expected to be ready for students by Sept. 2023.
The current school building was built in 1950. It will be reserved and used as temporary space for students during province's Seismic Mitigation Program.