Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex

Imagine the Future of Trades

The full-scale redevelopment of our trades teaching environments creates a state-of-the-art hub for the trades programs. The project allows VIU to expand program capabilities and address waitlists in high-demand programs.


  • Training students for jobs of the future. New facilities will create a learning space for new technologies, including CNG, LNG, biodiesel, computer-controlled engines, self-driving cars, emission control systems, and hybrid electric vehicles. 
  • Meeting the demand for skilled workers through the creation of an additional 128 seats in the Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry, and Motorcycle and Marine Technician programs.

Imagine Your Legacy

Your gift could help establish the new Trades Discovery Space, designed to bring about student and industry collaboration. Alternatively, your gift could support much needed equipment to ensure students are trained on the latest technologies.


  • New labs, a Carpentry Shop, Student Commons, and an Accelerator Discovery Space for student and industry collaboration.
  • Co-location of the Motorcycle and Marine Technician program with the Heavy Mechanical Trades programs and CNG/LNG mechanical bays.
  • New Customer Service Centre and expanded and renovated spaces for the growing Automotive Service Technician program.

Windsor Plywood Transforms VIU

The expanded and renovated Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex at the Nanaimo VIU Campus includes the carpentry shop, a student commons, and a collaboration area for industrial partners to conduct learning seminars, hold events, and collaborate with students and faculty on innovative research projects. These new spaces are having a positive impact on these industries in our region, and have allowed for a 33.5% increase in trades apprenticeship opportunities for students.

In recognition of the Windsor Plywood Foundation’s long-term partnership with Vancouver Island University and their support of the Imagine VIU Campaign, we are proud to announce the naming of the Windsor Plywood Trades Discovery Centre. In further recognition of their support, VIU names the accelerator / discovery room within the centre the Windsor Innovation Space. Read the full story here.

Your Gift Matters Here

The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) announced earlier this year that they will support the Motorcycle and Marine shop with a $50,000 donation! This gift will help us equip and complete the Motorcycle and Marine shops; providing the equipment our students need to train in real shop conditions. 

The NPA is pleased to build on their already extensive support of VIU. They currently give out five annual awards and scholarships to Marine Tech and Fisheries and Aquaculture students. As generous supporters of VIU for 20 years, the NPA has also sponsored the VIU Mariners Golf Tournament, and support our Music and Aboriginal Education programs.

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