Vancouver English Centre closed!

September 2nd, 2016, Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver English Centre closed!

The sudden closure of a Vancouver language school has left 600 students out of class, and almost 100 school staff out of a job. Ken Gardner, president and owner of VEC, was contacted by the CBC for comment, but did not respond. (Source CBC News)

Canada-based Vancouver English Centre (VEC) has closed its doors suddenly following four weeks of teacher strikes, reportedly leaving hundreds of international students without tuition. (Source ST Magazine, Sept 1, 2016)

Staff and students found this note posted on the school’s doors, as well as on the school’s Twitter (VECNews) page:

Closure of Vancouver English Centre, Canada
Closure of Vancouver English Centre, Canada


Languages Canada honours commitment to protect students at member programs

VANCOUVER , September 1, 2016 – A large Vancouver language school, Vancouver English Centre (VEC), closed its doors last Friday leaving many international language students stranded. Although VEC was no longer a member of Languages Canada (LC) at the time of closure, the association will do everything in its power to place students who registered before June 28, 2016 into other Vancouver accredited language schools.

“One of the primary purposes of our association is to protect and help international students who are particularly vulnerable to these types of incidents,” explains Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada. “I’m sure the affected students would prefer to continue and complete their education rather than go home, and we will do everything in our power to make that happen,” he adds.

Getting student information

Since LC has just received the VEC administrative documents, the simplest, most efficient way to compile a list of impacted students is for them to write to, with a copy of their letter of acceptance and proof of payment.

“If VEC had been a member of Languages Canada and had appropriate oversight, none of the students would have had to bear the burden of the closure and BC and Vancouver’s reputation would not be tarnished,” states Gonzalo Peralta.


Languages Canada is Canada’s national language education association representing more than 225 private and public members that offer accredited English and French programs. Overall, more than 134,000 students come to Canada every year to learn English and/or French. Language programs generated nearly $1.5 billion in 2015 in export revenue for the Canadian economy.
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Students were informed only by twitter and facebook:

Closure of VEC Vancouver English Centre

And on their website since today as well:

August 25th, 2016

Students, Staff and Service Providers,
The school is closed and we do not expect to reopen.
We apologize for any problems that this might cause. Unfortunately, this was the only possible course of action.
We thank you for your support and patronage over the last 23 years.


The Management

No help to the students, they just disappeared!! And the prepaid money from the students has gone as well!

Mr. Kenneth Gardner
Mr. Kenneth Gardner has owned and managed VEC
since founding the school in 1993.

Ms. Yvonne Gardner
Ms. Yvonne Gardner oversees the school’s financial affairs,
including payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.