Seismic Information

The Provincial Seismic Mitigation Program aims to make our schools safer in the event of an earthquake. Seismic upgrades present a key opportunity to revitalize school building infrastructure.


Vancouver School Board and Provincial Government has signed an agreement to streamline the Seismic Mitigation Program. See link to VSB District News and the Ministry of Education website for more information.

Capital Projects


Comprehensive Assessment (2012)

The Comprehensive Assessment has been completed as a high level assessment of VSB Facilities. The Audit considered factors for Seismic Screening and costing using Technical Guidelines First Edition (TG1)

  • Facility Condition Audit
  • Non-Structural Seismic Review
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Heritage Significance
  • Functional Performance
  • Integrated School Renewal/Replacement Costing Options

Seismic Rankings (2004)

The BC Seismic Assessment Program was initiated by the Ministry of Education for all schools in BC during the summer of 2004. Consequently, since the 2004 Program, VBE and the Ministry agreed that schools with significant seismic risk should be the subject of a comprehensive assessment and strategic plan.

Neighbourhood Learning Centres (NLC) Initiative

The NLC initiative is part of the Provincial Seismic Mitigation Program. The objective of this initiative is to optimize the use of replacemetn school facilities by bringing together education and community services in a single neighbourhood hub. The Ministry of Education will provide additional space to the school as part of the capital project to accommodate compatible community services.  Partner agencies are expected to provide their own operational funds and are encouraged to contribute capital funding where possible. See the Ministry of Education Neighbourhood Learning Centres website for more information. New school projects approved by the Ministry since February 2009 include a component of NLC space.

Non Structural Seismic Safety Initiatives

Seismic upgrading began in the Vancouver school district in the 1980s. Since that time, all schools have benefited from non-structural hazard-reducing initiatives including:

  • Installation of emergency lighting
  • Tie downs of ceiling ventilation diffusers
  • Tie downs of suspended heaters
  • Stabilization of chimneys
  • Installation of automatic shut offs on gas valves
  • Tie downs of lockers
  • Strengthening of covered play area supports