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B.C. pumps additional $33.7M into new SFU medical school

First new medical school in Western Canada in 55 years on track to open in 2026
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British ColumbiaB次元官网网址檚 premier says the new medical school at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, B.C., is aiming to start classes in the summer of 2026. David Eby speaks during a B.C. NDP campaign event in Vancouver, on Thursday, June. 20, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ethan Cairns

Premier David Eby says the province is providing millions more in funding for the new medical school at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, B.C., that aims to start classes in September 2026.

Eby says $33.7 million will go toward the renovation of an interim space at an existing building on Simon FraserB次元官网网址檚 Surrey campus, as well as at leased space to accommodate classrooms, laboratories and offices.

He says thatB次元官网网址檚 in addition to $27 million in operational funding granted through the 2024 budget, and builds on $14 million the government has already given for startup costs.

The new funding comes after the schoolB次元官网网址檚 senate and board of governors formally approved the establishment of the school in May and approved Dr. David J. Price as its founding dean last week.

It is working toward preliminary accreditation by fall 2025, which officials say would put it on track for a 2026 opening.

The premier says this will be the first new medical school in Western Canada in 55 years and aims to address the provinceB次元官网网址檚 ongoing doctor shortage by adding more family doctors.

The province says the proposed curriculum for the school will follow a three-year, B次元官网网址渃ompetency-based modelB次元官网网址 that will include a minimum of 130 weeks of instruction.

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