B.C. announces $17M for seismic upgrades to Vancouver’s David Livingstone elementary

The school was first built in 1913 and is considered at a high risk of damage in a major earthquake

Another Vancouver elementary school rated as having a high risk of damage in a major earthquake is slated for seismic upgrades.

The province announced Wednesday morning that $17.3 million has been earmarked for seismic upgrades to David Livingstone elementary, which was first built in 1913.

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The upgrades are expected to start in the fall of 2021 with completion expected in spring 2023.

“People in our community have been waiting for David Livingstone Elementary to be upgraded, so we can be sure that children will be protected at school,” Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore said in a press release. “This school has been a great hub for our community for over a century, and with these upgrades, it will be able to continue to serve local families for decades to come.”

 The funding is part of the government’s Seismic Mitigation Program. Since September 2017, the B.C. government has announced $900 million for seismic upgrades or replacements, including $289 million to upgrade or replace 11 schools in Vancouver.

“We are pleased to be closer to ensuring all our students are in seismically safe schools,” said Vancouver School Board chair Janet Fraser. “We’re grateful for ministry funding to upgrade Livingstone Elementary.”

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