$51.5M in federal-provincial funding to benefit Faculty of Medicine (Sports Medicine)


The federal and provincial governments are providing $51.5 million for three infrastructure projects under the Faculty of Medicine.

The joint funding was announced Sept. 19 at UBC by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and by the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, British Columbia’s Minister of Advanced Education.

“State of the art research and teaching facilities are crucial elements of our national endeavor to become more innovative and more competitive on a global stage,” said Professor Santa Ono said, UBC’s President and Vice Chancellor, at a ceremony Sept. 19 in the Biological Sciences Complex. “We will get you ROI on your investment.”

A biomedical researcher himself, he joked, “In fact, I’m looking for a lab — this would be a pretty nice place to base my laboratory.”

The federal government’s $39.7 million and the provincial government’s $11.8 million will go toward:

  • Renewal and replacement of the Biological Sciences Complex, providing modern research and lab space for faculty, including members of the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences and the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology who are now working in the D.H. Copp Building. Once vacated, the Copp building site will become available for development. The Government of Canada is providing $32.5 million for this project, with an additional $11.8 million coming from the Government of British Columbia, and UBC contributing $35.6 million.
  • Construction of the new Chan Gunn Pavilion, an interdisciplinary hub to advance innovations in physical activity and exercise medicine. The building will be home to the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, a joint program of the Department of Family Practice and the School of Kinesiology that is comprised of 50 sports medicine physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, psychiatrists, internists, musculoskeletal radiologists, physiotherapists, exercise scientists, sports psychologists, nutritionists and other allied health providers. The facility, to be located adjacent to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, will replace the previous sports medicine facility in the John Owen Pavilion at Thunderbird Park.  Read more here