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College of the Rockies’ New Campus Homes Help Cranbrook Students

Twice as many College of the Rockies students can rest their heads on more affordable, on-campus beds when a new student-housing complex opens in 2020.

Six new cottage-style buildings will provide spaces for 96 more students, doubling capacity at the college and allowing students to focus on their studies instead of where to live.

"The struggle to find affordable housing adds pressure to the entire community and affects students by creating barriers to education," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. "Our government had heard the call to action from students by investing in thousands more student beds on campuses throughout the province. This is the first ever provincial investment in student housing in Cranbrook and we are doubling the amount of student housing at the college. We are committed to working together to make life more affordable so that students can live, study and thrive here in the East Kootenays."

The energy-efficient project will be consistent with elements of the CleanBC plan to design more sustainable, energy-efficient buildings. It will include barrier-free first-floor units and a projected monthly rent that is 30-40% below current rates in the stretched Cranbrook rental market.

The housing will benefit all College of the Rockies students. This includes Indigenous students, whose input was incorporated into a design that balances privacy - with individual bedrooms and bathrooms - with opportunities for gathering in common kitchens and living areas.

Government is committed to adopting and implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by supporting Indigenous students.

The Province is investing $11.6 million in the $17.7-million project, and the college is contributing the remaining $6.1 million. The college's contribution includes a $1 million donation from the Columbia Basin Trust.

Original article from College of the Rockies