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BC pumps additional $33.7 million into new SFU medical school

BC pumps additional .7 million into new SFU medical school
BC pumps additional .7 million into new SFU medical school

Premier David Eby says the province is providing millions in additional funding for the new medical school at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, British Columbia, which aims to begin classes in September 2026.

Eby says $33.7 million will be spent on renovating temporary space in an existing building on Simon Fraser’s Surrey campus, as well as rented space for classrooms, labs and offices.

He said this is in addition to the $27 million in operational funding allocated through the 2024 budget, and builds on the $14 million the government has already allocated for start-up costs.

The new funding comes after the Senate and School Board formally approved the school’s creation in May and last week approved Dr. David J. Price as founding dean.

Work is underway to obtain provisional accreditation in the fall of 2025, which officials say should mean an opening could take place in 2026.

The premier says this will be the first new medical school in Western Canada in 55 years. The goal is to address the province’s ongoing shortage of physicians by hiring more family physicians.

The province says the proposed curriculum for the school will follow a three-year, competency-based model that will include a minimum of 130 weeks of instruction.

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