Provincial Industrial School for Boys

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Provincial Industrial School for Boys

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  • Provincial Industrial School for Boys

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The Provincial Industrial School for Boys, also variously known as the Boy’s Industrial Training School, the Boy’s Industrial School at Coquitlam, or BISCO, was opened in 1922 as a school for “incorrigible youth.” When it opened, it held 69 boys, overseen by 24 staff. It operated until 1954, when its function was transferred to Brannan Lake (Nanaimo) on Vancouver Island, and named the Brannan Lake Industrial School for Boys or Brannan Lake School. (In 1959 the Provincial Industrial School for Girls was moved from Vancouver to Burnaby, and the name was changed to the Willingdon Industrial School for Girls). These training schools, which were administered by child welfare authorities, received youth who were committed by the juvenile courts under the Juvenile Delinquents Act for both criminal offences and “status offences” such as incorrigibility and sexual immorality. Both became overcrowded with Brannan Lake School for Boys holding as many as 300 boys and Willingdon School for Girls, more than 100 girls. The Willingdon School was closed in 1973. [Requires confirmation]: The facility at Brannan Lake, renamed the Island Youth Centre, was closed in 1982.


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Revised PW/KH 2016-11-08




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