Livingstone Elementary students, parents and staff learned that their school will soon become safer in the event of an earthquake.
Mable Elmore, MLA for Vancouver-Kensington, made the announcement in front of a 90-strong student choir on the morning of January 29.
The Government of B.C. is providing up to $17.3 million for a seismic upgrade. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2021 and be complete in spring 2023.
"We are pleased to be closer in ensuring all our students are in seismically safe schools," said Janet Fraser, chair of the Vancouver School Board. "We're grateful for ministry funding to upgrade Livingstone Elementary."
The school was first built in 1913 and is rated as a high risk of damage in a major earthquake. During construction, students will be temporarily accommodated at South Hill swing site to allow the necessary seismic work to take place. This provides the least disruptive option to students as everyone is able to stay together in one location and away from the construction work at Livingstone Elementary.
Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman said, "We want to move our students into seismically safe schools as quickly as possible. This announcement brings us one step closer to ensuring current and future Livingstone students will be in an upgraded school in the event of an earthquake."
This investment is part of the Province's work to accelerate the Seismic Mitigation Program and provide safe spaces for students throughout B.C. as soon as possible.
Find out more about Seismic Mitigation Program at the Vancouver School District.