Camosun to cut over 40 positions to help balance budget

April 4, 2012

Camosun College officials say the institution will have to cut more than 40 jobs this year in order to balance its budget. Camosun expects to eliminate most of the jobs through attrition and early retirements, but 15 to 20 employees could get layoff notices. The college plans to eliminate 6.6 administrative positions, 22.5 support staff, and 17 faculty members. The job cuts will be offset in part by the addition of 12.6 positions in new areas, such as a medical radiography program that received $3.4 million in start-up funding from the BC government. Camosun president Kathryn Laurin says the institution was facing a $2.5-million shortfall largely because the province provided no additional funding to address rising costs over the past 3 years. Camosun tried to offset the shortfall by raising money in other areas, but that revenue also dipped, Laurin says. "We're at a juncture now where we can no longer preserve and protect all of our program offerings and services." Victoria Times-Colonist