Camosun College’s Interurban campus will be getting $150,000 from the province to facilitate the potential creation of an on-campus film studio for its students, according to the BC government.

The construction of a film studio looks to provide Camosun students with hands-on training opportunities, particularly in the construction and skilled trades – carpenters, electricians and plumbers.

In addition, local trades could bid on contracts and businesses that provide support services during construction, such as excavation and hauling and delivery services.

“This funding is a great first step in determining how students at Camosun College could benefit from a new film studio on the south Island through unique skills training opportunities,” said Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

“Our region has stunning locations and skilled people, and I’m pleased to see this investment in exploring the potential benefits to students of competitive sound stages.”

The college is creating an advisory committee that will assist with the planning process, and upon completion of planning work, Camosun will evaluate the results of the plan to determine the best next steps.

“The investment from the B.C. government allows the college to further explore the feasibility of a film studio and sound stage at our Interurban campus and the exciting educational possibilities it could create for students,” said Sherri Bell, president of Camosun College.

“Educational opportunities could include carpentry and electrical programs for trades students; new diploma and certificate programs such as digital animation; and, skills training programs for people in the industry.”