Trades Training House

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Trades Training House 

In March 2017, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr, representing the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development announced a $332,485 investment from the Federal Government  for a Trades Training House at the College's Kelowna campus. 

A new Trades Training House at the Kelowna campus will provide hands-on, practical trades training opportunities for more than 300 students per year in a real-world setting. The interior structures of the sustainable facility will continuously change, reflecting the cycles of training in the academic year  and advances in building technologies and techniques

Construction management for the 3,000 square-foot building will be handled by Sawchuk Developments Co. Ltd. and is expected to begin in Spring 2017.

Help build the foundations of a bright future

The  $867,000 project is being funded through $332,485 of support from the Government of Canada and the remaining investment to be raised through an by Okanagan College, donors and industry partners. The project is expected to complete in Fall 2017.

The campaign one of the most significant projects in the College's history and is an extension of the $35-million Bright Horizons - Building for Skills project. 

Call for donors and sponsors

Okanagan College is seeking businesses and members of the community to participate in the project through a donation of goods or services, in part or in whole.

Read our Call for Donors and Sponsors to learn how you can help build the foundations of a bright future for skilled workers in our region. 

The Process and Timeline

The following indicates the critical time lines for the project:

March 24, 2017 – Call for Donors/Sponsors Issued
Spring 2017 – Construction to begin
Anticipated Completion August 1, 2017

Interested parties are asked to contact: 

John Haller
Development Officer
Okanagan College Foundation
Direct: 250-215-0505



Upholding the College's commitment to sustainability, the project will incorporate the latest green building technologies, techniques and materials, including an extensive solar photovoltaic array on the roof to capture energy, along with a system for collecting and reusing rainwater.


The facility will provide hands-on training opportunities to students in the following programs:

  • Aboriginal Gateway to the Building Trades
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Plumping and Piping
  • Steamfitter/Gasfitter
  • Residential Construction
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Women in Trades Training
It will also open the door to new programming in solar panel installation, repair and maintenance. 

Donate today and be part of this exciting initiative. 

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