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Greater Victoria struggles to retain students as grads lack local prospects

By April 12, 2024No Comments

By Jake Romphf, Victoria News

The capital region is an attractive place for youth with its access to nature, good post-secondary instructors and vibrant community, said Dallas Gislason. Where Greater Victoria falters is having an economy that’s dynamic enough to create ample career opportunities that would allow students to stay, the acting CEO of the South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) argues.

“As a region and as leaders, we need to be more deliberate about how we want to engage those people while they’re here and then also retain them once they graduate,” Gislason said in an interview. “If there are good jobs and places to live, then Victoria sells itself.”

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