Parking Sustainability

March 2019: Parking Rate Increases for 2019/2020

In 2017, TRU’s Parking Appeals and Advisory Committee developed the Sustainable Parking Framework, which set a schedule for annual increases to parking rates. After a one-year freeze on rates for 2018/19, the following increases will take effect for the 2019/20 academic year:

  • Reserved parking rates will increase from $1150 to $1225 per year (from $4.42/day to $4.79/day if you park an average of 20 days a month)
  • Premium parking rates will increase from $850 to $900 per year (from $3.50/day to $3.75/day if you park an average of 20 days a month)
  • Economy and general rates will not increase (at $2.50/day and $3.13/day respectively if you park an average of 20 days a month)

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November 2018: Winter Semester Will Bring Expanded Parking Options

With the start of the winter semester, an additional economy parking option will be available as Lot XT will open on the southwest corner of campus. This lot, at the corner of McGill Road and University Drive, will be constructed in December on the former Canadian Freightways property, which TRU purchased in October 2015 to support the diverse needs of our expanding community.

This new temporary lot, along with Lots N, NT, and parking spaces at Upper College Heights (UCH), mean we will have four economy parking lots available beginning in January 2019. All of these lots can be found on the Economy Parking Map and economy parking permits will be available for purchase on Dec. 1.

With the addition of these lots, our campus will have over 2,850 parking stalls, with 1,100 of those being economy parking. This represents an increase of 542 stalls since last year.

While our economy lots are located on the campus perimeter and may require a longer walk to reach your destination, these lots support our 2013 Campus Master Plan, which envisions a sustainable, community-oriented walkable university village with property in the campus core preserved for new buildings.

As TRU continues to transition from a suburban college to an urban campus with a vibrant heart, we remain committed to increasing our sustainability. Our achievement of STARS Platinum and recognition as a global sustainability leader speak to how individual contributions from our community can create significant change on campus.

TRU will continue to seek out ways to reduce our impact on the environment as we grow toward a progressive and sustainable community. We appreciate the efforts of our entire community in helping make this vision a reality.

July 2018 Updates to Parking Framework

  • The gated premium tier established by the 2017 framework has been discontinued for fall 2018.
  • Starting August 1, premium permits for 2018/19 will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis rather than by lottery.
  • Applications for 2018/19 annual reserved permits (an assigned, specific stall) more than doubled over 2017/18, resulting in lots D1, F1 and R (formerly premium) filling with reserved stalls. General lot D2 has been switched from general to premium for 2018/19. 
  • Feedback from users, including visitors, indicated that some lot names were causing confusion. Several lots have therefore been renamed or consolidated for greater clarity, and the website updated with a series of maps highlighting the lots within each of the tiers, as well as visitor, accessible, and electric vehicle parking.
  • Construction in 2018 has closed two premium parking lots: A1 north of Old Main closed permanently in June for new development at The Reach; and L2 beside the site of the new Nursing and Population Health (NPH) building closed in July for the approximate two-year duration of NPH construction, as a staging area. With the three gated premium lots now classed as premium, there are eight premium lots for 2018/19.
  • In summer 2018, work is underway to create additional economy parking spaces—to be called lot NT—across the road from economy lot N. An opening date is to be determined.


Parking rates on the Kamloops campus for the 2018/19 academic year will remain the same as last year, but with four tiers instead of five. The “gated premium” tier has been discontinued—those lots are now at the premium rate, and no lots are gated. The charts below show parking rate increases to be implemented in phases in the future.

Current rates as of September 2017
Designation One semester Two semesters Monthly payroll Annual Daily Half-day
Reserved stall     $95.83 $1,150    
Premium $283 $566 $71 $850    
General $250 $500 $62.50 $750 $5  
Economy $200 $400 $50 $600 $4 $3
Planned increase Phase 1 — September 2019
Designation One semester Two semesters Monthly payroll Annual Daily Half-day
Reserved stall     $102.08 $1,225    
Premium $300 $600 $75 $900    
General $250 $500 $62.50 $750 $5  
Economy $200 $400 $50 $600 $4 $3
Planned increase Phase 2 — to be determined
Designation One semester Two semesters Monthly payroll Annual Daily Half-day
Reserved stall     $108.33 $1,300    
Premium $316.67 $633.34 $79.17 $950    
General $283.33 $566.66 $70.83 $850 $6  
Economy $233.33 $466.66 $58.33 $700 $5 $3.50

Sustainable Parking Framework, February 2017

Executive Summary: Thompson Rivers University is an institution constantly evolving to meet the diverse needs of its expanding community. The process of transitioning from a suburban college to an urban campus with a vibrant heart is informed by TRU’s Strategic Priorities, and in particular, our desire to increase our sustainability. Our goal as a university is to reduce our impact on the environment so that we may continue to grow into a progressive and sustainable community.

To achieve this, we must transform from a campus where single-occupancy vehicles dominate to a campus that is pedestrian-oriented and supports a community that learns, works, plays and lives here. It is time for us, as members of the TRU community, to reconsider how we use transportation and parking resources.

In support of TRU’s sustainability goals, and in response to proposals from the TRU Students’ Union (TRUSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4879, the Parking Appeal and Advisory Committee has recommended changes to parking. As recommended by the committee, and guided by the TRU Campus Master Plan, Transportation Demand Management Plan and Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan, TRU will implement a revised parking lot system and parking rate structure, and provide incentives for TRU community members to use more sustainable transportation options.

As we work towards making these changes, we encourage you to send your questions to

Download the complete  Sustainable Parking Framework 
Download the October 2017 PAAC  Parking Update presentation

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