PACE Report: Young Adults needed for a Healthy Rural Canada

Young adults are the essential ingredient for successful rural revitalization. Attracting young adults to rural areas for employment and to establish families is a goal of many of Canada’s rural communities. Yet, these communities often struggle due to limited knowledge on what motivates young adults’ relocation decisions. The purpose of this study is to assess the attractiveness of living in rural areas from the perspectives of young adults. Download the pdf report VIU Young Adults in Rural Areas

PACE Report: Vancouver Island University student's research informs the World Tourism Organization on visa policy development.

Visa policies are among the most important governmental formalities influencing international tourism. In association with national and international governing bodies, the World Tourism Organization conducts research on visa policies, international tourism markets and visa processing technology to assist countries and regions maximize tourism growth. Download the pdf report VIU Visa Policy

PACE Report: Tourism market research by VIU Coop Student

Student gathers visitor data Tourism destinations need to understand their visitors in order to respond appropriately with marketing investments. As there is no system in BC to gather ongoing data, this can be difficult. Destination development experts in Tofino and Nanaimo decided to work together and hire a VIU student with research expertise to design and gather data on their visitors in the summer of 2013.  Nichola, an experienced undergraduate researcher, fit their needs perfectly. Download the pdf report VIU Tourism Market Research

PACE Report: Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction

PAPR:  A Canada-Africa Research and Learning Alliance Alleviating rural poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability are two of the biggest issues facing the planet. They are fundamentally and inextricably linked – extreme poverty inhibits environmental sustainability and degraded natural environments exacerbate rural poverty. Vancouver Island University researchers are part of an international team that is addressing this issue.  Download the pdf report VIU Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction

PACE Report: Students contribute to BC Resort Community Labour Market Project

Vancouver Island University tourism students Erin Heeney and Shannon Bence were involved in a five person research team to study the Tourism Labour Market in BC’s resort communities. The project was led by go2, BC’s Tourism Human Resource Society to increase the competitiveness of the resort communities with respect to the supply of labour. Download the pdf report VIU BC Resort Communities


Kenya’s Campi ya Kanzi has hosted celebrity guests like Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, who have travelled there on vacation to enjoy beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro and a luxury-filled safari experience across vast acres of East African wild land. While the views and wildlife are equally exciting for VIU graduate Katie Schneider, her attraction to this luxury safari camp is more about the work it has been doing since 1996 to promote sustainable tourism and protect wildlife and habitat, … Continued

Vancouver Island University waives tuition for seven former children in care

Vancouver Island University has waived tuition for seven former children-in-care as it becomes the first post-secondary school in B.C. to cover fees for ex-wards of the state. University president Ralph Nilson said the seven students are enrolled in a variety of programs, including criminology, humanities, social work and health care. A number of them are in the second or third year of an undergraduate degree. Most are in their late 20s, Nilson said. “That’s, I think, an indication of the challenge they have … Continued


NANAIMO, B.C: Vancouver Island University is taking the lead on a new initiative aimed at making post-secondary education more accessible for youth in care. Beginning September 2013, VIU will run a pilot project – the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver Program – and waive tuition for eligible students who have grown up in the care system. It will be the first step in overcoming financial barriers that make it difficult for these students to consider and achieve success in higher … Continued


Sunday brunch, Music by the Bay, and a marine science centre featuring aquariums and touch tanks teeming with colorful local sea life are just a few of the ways visitors of all ages can enjoy summer time at Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Stat ion. “Summer is the perfect time for a day trip to the field station from just about anywhere on Vancouver Island,” says manager Brian Kingzett, “especially families who are looking for things to do … Continued


By Josh Aldrich, Nanaimo Daily News April 23, 2013 The Vancouver Island University Mariners received two more honours this weekend as they were named team of the year by Basketball B.C. and Matt Kuzminski received a coaching excellence award. The Mariners surprised many by winning the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national championship as a Pacific Western Athletic Association wild card team in Montreal in March. Star guard Brandon Jones carried the team during their post-season run, earning most valuable player … Continued