The Province has been working with public post-secondary institutions to develop a long-term strategy for the delivery of English as a Second Language (ESL) training since learning in 2012 of the federal government's decision to fund and administer ESL programs for immigrants.
Here are some facts on ESL programming in British Columbia:
According to the 2013 B.C. Developmental Student Outcomes Survey of former ESL students at public post-secondary institutions:
- Vancouver Community College $7.92 million
- Camosun College $2.42 million
- Douglas College $1.55 million
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University $1.36 million
- University of the Fraser Valley $844,000
- Langara College $776,000
- Capilano University $568,000
- British Columbia Institute of Technology $532,000
- Okanagan College $353,000
- Vancouver Island University $218,000
- Thompson Rivers University $196,000
- North Island College $125,000
- Northern Lights College $117,000
- Selkirk College $83,000
- College of New Caledonia $77,000
- College of the Rockies $36,000
- Northwest Community College $7,400
- 96% said their ESL courses helped them achieve their most important goal (for example to prepare for further study, use English better in daily life, or improve their employment situation).
- 94% said they were satisfied with their ESL courses.
- 92% of those who took further studies said they were very well or somewhat prepared by their ESL courses.