Expanded bodily remedy program coming to Surrey

Extra folks in Surrey and the Fraser Valley will have the ability to pursue careers in bodily remedy at a brand new coaching area coming to Surrey.

“Bodily therapists present very important and life-improving providers for British Columbians. We all know there’s an rising want for his or her providers throughout the province, together with the Fraser Well being area. That’s why we’re investing on this new location to help present and future program expansions at UBC in Surrey,” mentioned Anne Kang, Minister of Superior Schooling and Abilities Coaching. “This capital funding will help the expansion of this program, work towards assembly the demand for bodily therapists at the moment and nicely into the longer term.”

With provincial help, UBC has bought the second ground of the Metropolis Centre 1 constructing in Surrey adjoining to Surrey Memorial Hospital. The area will likely be reworked to create instructing and analysis laboratories, seminar rooms, pupil studying commons, workplaces for school and multi-purpose area for evaluation, therapy and well being promotion. At present, the UBC grasp of bodily remedy program welcomes 100 new learners every educational yr with college students coaching on the UBC Vancouver campus and in Prince George, in partnership with the College of Northern British Columbia. A complete of 20 new seats will likely be obtainable this fall, with these college students shifting to the brand new location in Surrey when it opens in 2023.

“This new area is a crucial a part of UBC’s dedication to assembly the rising wants of Surrey and the Fraser area,” mentioned Santa Ono, president and vice-chancellor of UBC. “By persevering with to develop UBC’s presence within the Fraser, we’re creating new alternatives for college kids to be taught and prepare regionally the place they’ll construct deep connections with communities. We all know learners usually tend to practise the place they prepare, and this area will assist encourage extra bodily therapists to remain and serve households within the area.”

The Province is investing $24.9 million, with UBC funding $7.9 million for the undertaking. Work is coming into the procurement section this month with building anticipated to begin in fall 2022. The area is anticipated to open to college students in fall 2023.

“UBC is grateful to the Province for this strategic funding in coaching the following technology of bodily therapists within the Fraser,” mentioned Dermot Kelleher, dean, school of drugs and vice-president of Well being at UBC. “The brand new web site additionally paves the best way for future growth of different UBC health-professional packages, reminiscent of occupational remedy and midwifery in collaboration with well being companions to higher serve the wants of scholars, sufferers and communities.”

Aman Bassi, UBC second-year bodily remedy pupil, mentioned: “It’s a nice privilege to have UBC and the division of bodily remedy come to the Fraser area as it’s a big step in coaching extra health-care professionals for this quickly rising area. UBC’s presence will assist foster an setting of studying, progress and growth on this discipline of observe throughout the Fraser Valley for future bodily remedy college students.”

Sooner or later, different well being packages, like occupational remedy and midwifery, might be able to use the brand new services, creating collaborative studying setting for college kids attending UBC packages in Surrey.

This announcement helps the StrongerBC Financial Plan, which strikes British Columbia ahead by tackling the challenges of at the moment, whereas rising an financial system that works for everybody. The long-term plan builds off B.C.’s robust financial restoration and works to deal with two long-standing challenges – inequality and local weather change – by closing the talents hole, constructing resilient communities, and serving to companies and other people transition to clean-energy options. The plan units two fundamental objectives for the Province – inclusive progress and clear progress – and places ahead six missions to maintain B.C. on monitor.


Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Financial Restoration and Innovation –

“Taking motion to shut B.C.’s abilities and expertise hole is a key precedence of the StrongerBC Financial Plan. Our generational dedication to speed up expertise growth ensures that British Columbians have entry to the talents they want for the roles of at the moment and tomorrow.”

Adrian Dix, Minister of Well being –

“Bodily therapists present a essential side of complete well being care. Daily, their providers guarantee British Columbians recuperate from accidents, accidents and power circumstances in confidence. Increasing the bodily remedy program at UBC is one instance of our authorities’s dedication to assembly our well being human-resource wants by working in shut collaboration with post-secondary establishments.”

Dr. Victoria Lee, president and CEO, Fraser Well being –

“Daily, bodily therapists do distinctive work throughout the Fraser Well being area to assist their sufferers recuperate and rehabilitate. This program growth will assist meet excessive demand for his or her providers, serving to folks stay wholesome and unbiased so long as attainable and return to their households and the actions they love sooner. We’re grateful to the provincial authorities and College of BC for his or her continued partnership, and for this vital funding in coaching that can guarantee these vital providers stay in place for a few years to come back.”

Fast Information:

  • The undertaking value is $32.8 million, together with $20.5 million for the acquisition of the area and $12.3 million for renovations.
  • Bodily therapists are recognized as high-demand jobs, with 1,860 job openings in B.C. anticipated between 2021 and 2031.
  • Bodily therapists plan and implement therapy packages with a give attention to prevention and mitigation of illness, damage and incapacity by way of therapeutic train packages.
  • Occupational therapists help people who find themselves recuperating from or impaired by sickness, damage, developmental problems or mental-health difficulties by encouraging rehabilitation by way of the efficiency of actions required in each day life.
  • Midwives play an vital position in B.C.’s health-care system, which incorporates offering main care to girls and their households throughout being pregnant, labour, beginning and the postpartum interval.