BC government to provide more funding for new medical school at SFU Surrey

The province is providing millions more in funding for the new medical school at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, B.C., which aims to start classes in September 2026. $33.7 million will go toward renovating an interim space at an existing building on Simon Fraser’s Surrey campus and leased space to accommodate classrooms, laboratories, and offices.
Premier David Eby says that is 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 school’s 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.
According to the BC government, this will be the first new medical school in Western Canada in 55 years and aims to address the province’s ongoing doctor shortage by adding more family doctors.