Accelerate Okanagan's reports on the $40.65-million investment at UBC Okanagan that will create jobs, support research and foster innovation.
The Academica Group reports on UBC's upcoming Okanagan campus expansion, thanks to a joint federal-provincial and university investment.
Okanagan Life reports that work has begun on a new $35-million Teaching and Learning Centre at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Thanks in part to a $10 million investment from students themselves, University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus will soon have a massive upgrade to its Teaching and Learning Centre, reports Kelowna Now.
Global News explores the $40.6 million funding announcement to build a teaching and learning centre adjacent to the UBC Okanagan library.
A joint federal-provincial and university investment was announced on December 5, 2016 at UBC’s Okanagan campus to establish a new Teaching and Learning Centre and fund various sustainability and infrastructure upgrades.

The Okanagan Library is excited to announce the success of a student referendum calling for support for a library expansion.

After almost a year of advocating for student feedback and discussion, the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) launched a referendum in mid-October asking students to financially support a library/learning centre expansion. Students were asked to support a limited-time student fee increase of $35/semester ($70/year) to be levied to contribute one-third of the total cost of a library expansion.


The referendum passed with an 85% yes vote to the proposed project that will add 45,000 square feet of study and learning space, more than doubling the size of the existing library. The expansion is project to cost up to $30 million, depending on the layout of the new space.

The next stages of the project include acquiring additional financial support, and engaging in student and faculty consultations about the expansion plans.

Expansion of the existing 650-seat library will have a tremendous impact on the student experience, says Rocky Kim, president of the UBCSUO. “The financial contribution of the students towards the library reaffirms the UBCSUO’s position that this is in fact a necessity,” says Kim. “It is my hope that our contribution will trigger additional sources of funding to follow in our example and join us in building UBC Okanagan for the better.”

To learn more about the next stages of the #MORELIBRARY project, visit the Okanagan Library website.

For more information on the referendum, visit the UBC Okanagan News media release.

The Okanagan is known for its pristine lakes and rivers. Tourists visit the region for the scenery, vineyards, and abundant recreation opportunities that these waters provide. Residents rely on this water every day. But how clean is it, really? Wastewater, as well as chemical runoff from industry and agriculture, poses a threat to our freshwater supplies. How can we neutralize these threats without sacrificing our economic well-being? What steps can we take to ensure our most valuable resource remains clean and abundant for years to come.


Chris Walker – Host, CBC’s Daybreak South


Bruce Mathieson – Associate Professor, Biology, UBC’s Okanagan campus

Ivor Norlin – Manager of Infrastructure Programs, Interior Health, Health Protection

Anna Warwick Sears – Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board

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Photo credit: Marshall Sharp/Salt Spring Island Archives

In the August issue of LibFOCUS, we celebrate B.C. Day, including a look at a recently digitized collection that provides insight into life in the Okanagan Valley since 1926.



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