Vancouver Island postsecondary institutions tighten belts as enrolments remain low


Several postsecondary institutions on Vancouver Island have noticed declines in their enrolment, reports The Times Colonist. Enrolment levels at Camosun College, Vancouver Island University, and the University of Victoria have reportedly not returned to pre-pandemic levels. The institutions have indicated that the low enrolment is partly attributed to the low unemployment rates in the region, with Camosun pointing out that “enrolment in postsecondary education is typically inverse with the economic cycle.” VIU is reportedly looking to “significantly limit spending” in the coming financial year, and UVic has advised faculty and staff to expect a 4% budget reduction for 2023-24.

Times Colonist