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New Post Secondary School in Langford BC

The recent announcement of a new, collaborative, post secondary school campus is welcome news to families in Langford.

The campus is slated to be built on the corner of Goldstream Avenue and Peatt Road as a collaboration between RRU, the University of Victoria, Camosun College, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

The campus will cost $98 million. The City of Langford is planning to spend an additional $27.5 million to upgrade road infrastructure in the area.

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With more young adults staying home longer along with their reluctance to commute over long distances, an investment into a local post-secondary campus is not just a good idea, but an essential requirement for the entire West Shore community.

More 18 – 29-year-old children are living at home with their parents than at any time since the Great Depression – a rising trend since 1960 due to affordability according to a 2020 Pew Research Center’s analysis of decennial census. Moving out of your family’s home at 18 may still be a reality for some Canadians, but it isn’t for many. Some stay at home for cultural reasons, and others stay for financial reasons.

With more kids living at home with their parents, more want to attend local post-secondary schools. For West Shore residence, this currently means long commutes.

“As a high school student in Langford, we’re faced with quite a long commute if we want to go to school at UVic or at Camosun, and that can really affect our decision with what school we go to,” said Connor Hogan, a Belmont High school student looking at his post-secondary options.

“When this new campus opens up, it will definitely help open some doors for us to study where we are, close to home.”

The province tracks West Shore’s direct-to-post-secondary transition rates, and West Shore’s stats of 38 per cent are considerably lower than the provincial average of 51 per cent.

This is a statistic the province, local post-secondary schools and the City of Langford intend to address with the new campus which will provide excellent educational options for students in Sooke, Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Metchosin and Highlands, and for southern Vancouver Island First Nations students.

“Providing post-secondary opportunity for Langford youth has been a top priority for council for many years,” stated Stew Young, mayor of the City of Langford in an interview with Business Examiner.

“This unique partnership will serve residents across the entire Westshore, remove barriers to access and provide pathways to higher learning for all.”

The goal for the new campus is to open the campus to 600 students by fall 2024 and reach full capacity of 1,300 students by 2035-36.

The Westshore is one of the fastest growing regions in Canada, with a population growth of nearly 50 per cent between 2001 and 2016, the West Shore is one of the fastest growing regions in Canada.

With that kind of growth, families are looking for places to live here. Contact Todd Mahovlich or Justine Connor if that’s you.

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Langford is BC’s Darling Municipality

Langford has caught the attention of real estate pundits and reviews extolling the municipality. Once known as Victoria’s rural outback “Dogpatch”, the city is now one of Canada’s fastest growing municipalities, growing to over 46,000 people – a 30 per cent increase since 2016.

Maclean’s magazine ranked Langford as best community in B.C. and 18th best in Canada. Toronto-based insurance website RATESDOTCA ranked Langford the “most livable” place in the country out of over 150 communities. B.C. Business Magazine rated Langford as “Most Resilient City” and “Best Place to Work” two years in a row, stating Langford has a “unique and growing array of business services and amenities, including a dynamic restaurant scene.”

The once quiet city has grown tremendously under the stewardship of Mayor Stu Young, who, along with a pro-business Council, rolled up their sleeves over the last twenty years to build sewers and streetlights, parks, and recreational facilities. They wooed big box stores like Costco while also supporting local business initiatives. They facilitated family focused amenities. Their hard work paid off. Families are flocking to the small city, creating demand for not only housing, but also an elementary and middle school which are scheduled to open this fall. As well, the provincial government has promised a future secondary school on a site near Triple Crown and Costco.

Housing Demand is Growing

To meet steadily growing demand for housing, the Mayor and Council are working to revitalize its downtown core with high-rise towers, parks and perhaps even a university in the future.

Langford’s Official Community Plan, Policy 1.5.1, states that “Over time, the entire City Centre is expected to transform to higher-density forms of development, with the highest density being situated in closest proximity to the principal transportation corridors: Goldstream Avenue and the E&N Rail Corridor.”

“There’s no endless supply of land,” says Mayor Stu Young. “For a community our size, we build a lot of homes for families and that’s how Langford was built. Now we have the economy here, we have jobs, you can raise a family here. … We want to see more (affordable) condos being built. The only way you can make affordable condos is to [build] higher.”

The Attraction of Langford

This is a beautiful place to live, and when it comes to natural settings Langford has plenty to boast about in her trails, lakes, and vistas. Hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders enjoy the 55-kilometre Galloping Goose Trail, once a picturesque railway line, which connects Victoria and Sooke through Langford. Visitors flock to Goldstream Provincial Park around this time of year to see the salmon run in Goldstream River, along with feasting bald eagles. The popular provincial campground and trails are excellent for hiking, and Mt. Finlayson offers scenic views looking south towards Langford.

The city’s objectives include developing more networks of parks and open spaces to support biodiversity and recreational uses. Policy 4.0 entitled “Our Natural Settings, Parks & Open Spaces” states the following:

“…Breathtaking natural setting is also defined by the sea, mountains, lakes, creeks, streams, and community parks. The amount, proximity and quality of these places reinforce a unique identity and sense of place. Continued access to these places is a significant aspect of the livability in the region and a top priority of residents.”

Langford continues to draw families and business into its thriving economy as the world recognizes the municipality as a desirable place to live for the natural beauty, amenities, and relatively affordable housing.