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Exciting news for our VIU Alumni…

Being a VIU alum just got even better! We are excited to announce the launch of the VIU Alumni Perks app (which has replaced the VIU Alumni Card). Exclusively for VIU alumni, the app is completely free to download. Access your VIU Alumni Perks.

The VIU Alumni Perks app gives our alumni access to amazing benefits including:

  • Access to VIU Athletics and Recreation Services (gym)
  • Access to the VIU Library
  • Access to discounts at the VIU Campus Store (Nanaimo Campus)

Plus, exclusive offers from our Perks partners, including:

  • Sparkling Hill Resort and Spa – 20% off the standard rate
  • TD Insurance Meloche Monnex – preferred rates on home, tenant and car insurance
  • Budget and Avis Car Rentals - 25% off base rates
  • iA Financial Group – preferred rates on life, critical illness, and disability insurance
  • Harbour Air Seaplanes – save 15% on your next flight

Sign up now—it’s easy!

  1. Download the free app (search “VIU Alumni Perks”) from the Google Play Store or the App Store
  2. Sign up
  3. Confirm your registration when you receive an email from us (within two business days after you signed up), and start enjoying the benefits!
  4. Access your VIU Alumni Perks

Your VIU Alumni Association has secured additional benefits on and off campus with local businesses and businesses across the country. Please see the benefit partners listed below to view more details on the discounts you can receive.

Alumni must download the New VIU Alumni Perks App in order to show your your valid digital alumni benefit card in order to take advantage of the benefits listed below.

Request your alumni benefit card

VIU Alumni can save up to 25% off Avis base rates and  when making a reservation with Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number C741800. Complete your reservation and receive instant online and email confirmation of your travel plans. See Avis Car Rentals

Also enjoy savings of up to 25% off Budget base rates when renting a vehicle from a participating location in the contiguous U.S. and Canada. Use Budget Customer Discount (BCD) number A382900 to shop the lowest rates for your next rental. See Budget Car Rentals

As a VIU alumni you can save up to 30% on amazing phone plans plus, get big discounts on incredible phones with the Bell Exclusive Partner Program. Switch to Canada’s best national network and get exclusive savings for you and your family (on up to 5 lines).

Visit Bell Alumni to check out the latest offers or call 1.833.237.0603 to redeem.

Blackapple Cellular Nanaimo, Nanaimo's premium destination for cellphone, tablet and computer repair is offering up to 20% off repairs (excluding labour). Visit for more information and contacts. *Please mention that you are a VIU Alumni to obtain the discounts*

Clearly offers VIU alumni, students, and staff 10% discount on contact lenses and 25% discount on glasses when ordered online with promo code STUDENTLENS10 for lenses and PAIRUP25 for glasses. Free shipping is available for Canada Post delivery option only. Please refer to Clearly for more information.

VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station is open to visitors from May Long to September Long. VIU alumni and their guests will receive $2 off individual daily admission when displaying their alumni benefit card. The regular rate is $12, alumni rate is $10. This deal applies only to members within the alum's party. 

For any questions, please reach out to

Ears to You based in Nanaimo, BC, is a fully functional mobile hearing clinic and is offering free hearing tests and a 25% discount on all makes and models of hearing instruments, including a price match guarantee on any competing offer. Ears to You operates in Nanaimo and serves other areas of Vancouver Island. 

Visit Ears to You to book online for your free hearing test, email, or call 250.619.5746 for inquiries. 

* Please indicate you are a VIU Alumni to receive your 25% discount *

Save up to 30% off on your next stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Canda and the USA!

To take advantage of this offer, simply provide the code: VANC123B when booking and present your alumni card at check-in. 

For more information visit Great Wolf Lodge or call 1.800.905.9653.

Alumni with an active alumni benefit card along with a government photo ID can receive a 15% discount offered on goFlex and goGold fares with Harbour Air Seaplanes on the full fare flights. Alumni can receive the discount online at time of purchase when using the coupon code (Email to request the code) for bookings made between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. A new code will be provided at that time.

Please note that VIU alumni must present their alumni card upon check-in. Please note that this offer cannot be combined with any other offer and VIU alumni are permitted to bring 1 guest with them, travelling on the same flight. Only the full fare will be discounted. Does not apply to other discounted fares.

iA Financial Group

VIU has partnered with iA Financial Group to provide alumni members with a comprehensive insurance plan. iA offers a variety of insurance products to ensure you and your family have the financial resources to recover after a serious illness, accident or death. Pick and choose from the different products to create an insurance plan that works to provide financial security for you and your family.

The VIU Alumni Insurance Program includes:

  • Term Life Insurance
  • Dependent Children Term Life Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Dependent Children Critical Illness Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Extended Health and Dental Insurance
  • Travel Insurance

How to Apply

Visit iA Financial Group full details or to apply online. You can also phone 1.800.266.5667 or 604.737.3802 and email

Justin Sparks of Justin Sparks Photography, a VIU Visual Arts graduate, will provide a 20% discount to alumni who are looking for wedding photos, maternity sessions, new born photos, pets, and mini sessions. Each package must be over $300 in price in order to utilize the 20% discount. Please mention that you are a VIU alumni to receive your discount.

Learn more at Justin Sparks Photography

Alumni with an active alumni benefit card or digital alumni app can purchase an individual annual membership for $12 (regular price $30) or a household annual membership for $24 (regular price $50). Alumni who have purchased a Milner Gardens annual membership can receive regular membership benefits:

Unlimited entry to the Garden during regular garden hours (excluding some Special Events)

Reduced admission for Member's Guests in the summer season. Members do not need to accompany guests - To be purchased in advance

10% discount off regularly priced items and plants at the Gift Shop & Nursery

"Milner Musings" newsletter

Early entry into the Fall/Spring Plant Sale Events

Membership in the Milner Gardens and Woodland Society

Discounted membership must be purchased in person at the Welcome Centre. Alumni ID Card will be required to access the discount.

Nanaimo Yoga Sanctuary is a home-based yoga studio owned and operated by Megan Bailey who began in 2005 as a home-based yoga studio offering small group and private classes, in addition to on-site contracted classes. New clients can receive 25% off of their first 8-week series, and continuing clients can receive 10% off of each 8-week series.
Note: discounts cannot be combined or stacked with existing discounts.

*Clients must identify as VIU Perks registrants when claiming their discounted registration*

Please visit Nanaimo Yoga Sanctuary for more information and to register for classes.

Exclusive deal for all the alumni when you show your benefits card or your virtual card through the VIU Alumni Perks App. Choose between 15% off parts OR $50 off (if the service is above $250) on your first visit, and 15% off parts on future visits!

Visit General AutoPro

Meet on the Water

Book your board strategic planning session or management education retreat at Page’s Resort Group and as a VIU Alumni receive a gift certificate for a night in a one-bedroom cottage looking over Silva Bay.  Use the certificate towards the group invoice, present it as recognition to a star team member, or use it to steal away on your own.  The choice is yours. The group booking must include a minimum of six room nights at full rate and this offer cannot be combined with any other offer. 

Use promo code: RETREATVIU or display your alumni card. 

Accidents happen. Pets get sick.

You can’t predict if and when your pet will need to go to the veterinarian, but you can be ready! 

Pets Plus Us is different—Here's how they stand out!

  • Know your policy coverage upfront - no surprises later!
  • Coverage for examination fees and tax
  • One deductible per policy year, not per incident
  • Great customer service
  • No hassle claim payments With any Accident or Accident and Illness pet insurance policy provided by our partner Pets Plus Us, you can save up to 90% on veterinary bills* - and as an alumni of Vancouver Island University you receive a 5% discount on the monthly premium!
  • Blue Ribbon Benefits included
  • PetHelpFone™ (24/7 emergency support from veterinary technicians)
  • Pet Poison Helpline®
  • Free subscription to Modern Dog or Modern Cat and more!

Visit Pets Plus Us for more information, discount code and to receive a free quote! 

Present your alumni benefit card or your virtual alumni card through your VIU Alumni Perks App at Nanaimo's Port Theatre and enjoy membership rates on all the Spotlight & Discovery Series Events.

Receive 25% off the ‘Best Available Rate’ in 2023


Daily a la carte breakfast in PeakFine Restaurant
High Speed Telus Wi-Fi
Valet Parking; one vehicle per room
Exclusive access to our 40,000 square foot KurSpa including European-inspired Steams and Saunas, Nature Themed Experience Showers, Indoor Serenity Pool with underwater music and Swarovski Crystal Sky, Indoor Hot Pool, Outdoor Infinity Pool, Kneipp Water Therapy, State-of-the-art Fitness Studio, Movement Studio, Tea & Serenity Relaxation Rooms

Book Online Now or Call 1.877.275.1556 and quote VIU23

Terms & Conditions:
The Alumni Perks Offer is valid for individual travel only, not applicable to multiple rooms, family or friends, groups or events, and is not combinable with any other rates, promotional offers or packages. This rate offer applies 25% off the “Best Available Rate” only. Taxes and gratuities are not included. Rates are based on single or double occupancy, a 3rd and 4th person can be booked per room for an additional fee. This offer is subject to availability and is valid for stays from January 1 to December 30, 2023. This offer is not applicable to Penthouse Suite reservations. Alumni member must quote your exclusive promo code to receive this special rate. Your Alumni ID is required upon arrival to match your photo ID for check-in. Alumni member must be staying in the room to receive this special rate. Non-eligible rooms booked on this rate will be changed to a different available rate.

Your benefits also include home, tenant, and car insurance!

Thanks to a new agreement with TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, VIU alumni get access to preferred rates on home, tenant, and car insurance!

TD Insurance is the leading direct response insurance group in Canada†, offering quality insurance products for over 65 years. From getting a quote to filing a claim, their knowledgeable advisors will help you find options that are right for you.

Plus, the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex program helps supports alumni and student activities. A win-win for you and your school.

Learn how you can save big with TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

Or call 1.800.268.9269 for more information.

Alumni with an active alumni benefit card can receive a 20% discount off of Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre’s best available room rates. Tigh-Na-Mara is an all-season oceanfront resort set in 22-acres of tranquil Arbutus and Douglas Fir forest in picturesque Parksville, BC. Book your reservations at 1.800.663.7373 and identify yourself as a VIU Alumni. Must present active VIU alumni benefit card at time of check-in to receive discount. Discount only applies to accommodation, spa services not included.

Alumni owned and operated VI Pest Control is offering a 10% discount on its pest control programs for rodent and insect treatment for both commercial and residential structures from Nanaimo to Comox (Comox Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Parksville-Qualicum Beach). Alumni will need to call to confirm areas serviced. This discount excludes monthly/annual contracts. Visit VI Pest Control to view their services, regions covered, and contact information. Self-identify as a VIU alum to receive the discount.

The VIU Campus Store is offering a 20% discount on most VIU crested products and merchandise such as gift ware, apparel, and mugs when you show your virtual alumni card through the VIU Alumni Perks App or your hard copy alumni card at the Nanaimo campus. 

VIU Athletics and Recreation are offering the following discounts to alumni:

Drop-in and Monthly gymnasium passes which includes access to the fitness, weight room and multi-purpose room.

Annual (Sept-Aug) and semester locker rentals

$4 admission to Mariners Athletics Home Games

VIU Alumni are entitled to a Community Borrower card which allows borrowing of print material. Present identification at the library service desk with your current address to receive a free card. See Service desk hours. To renew, present your current card and update your contact information yearly. Community borrower and alumni privileges include access to the library building Monday-Friday between 8am and 6pm. Privileges do not include off-campus access to licensed resources, but most are accessible on-campus. Community borrowers can search via the "Open Access" tab on VIU Library to access non-licensed resources. Library privileges also do not include interlibrary or equipment loans. Visit Community Borrowing for more information.

Present your alumni benefit card at the VIU Hairdressing Salon and receive a 20% discount on all Salon Services and 20% discount on all salon products sold through the hairdressing department (excluding any already marked down products). Discount pricing is available for alumni with an active alumni benefit card.

VIU Residence is offers affordable short-term summer accommodation at the VIU Residences for individuals from mid-May to mid-August.  This is a great opportunity if you have family visiting or organizing a conference/event.  For more information and to book online, please visit

Present your alumni benefit card to receive student discount rates at box office for VIU Theatre productions only where a student discount rate applies.

Show your alumni card and get your flight of beer for $6. (plus tax), regularly $8.

We are pleased to present a partnership program unique to VIU Alumni that offers Alumni a 10% discount on Craft Beer served in our White Sails Brewing Taproom Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday excluded). The program will be available for personal purchases by Alumni members who present their Alumni benefit card at the time of purchase for sleeves or flights. The offer cannot be combined with other discounts and is applicable to Alumni only, guests are not included at this time.


Discover Nanaimo's most thrilling outdoor adventure. Ziplines, Aerial Adventure Games, a 150ft Bungy Jump, the thrilling Primal Swing, and more! + New! Axe Throwing. 

Exclusive VIU Alumni Benefits:

  • $30 Off Bungy Jump with code: VIUBUNGY30
  • Free Extreme Adventure Course Add-on with code: VIUALUMNI
  • Bonus Kids Adventure Course Lap with code: VIUALUMNI

Book online at WildPlay or call 1.855.595.2251.


  • Free Extreme Course add-on with Classic Course booking (Value - $15)
  • 20% off the Zipline Tour (Value - $12)

Book online at WildPlay or call 1.855.595.2251.

There are a number of quality services VIU offers through its Trades & Applied Technology programs at a low rate. All alumni can take advantage of these services and are not required to provide an active alumni benefit card.

Discovery Dining Room

The Discovery Dining Room offers a complimentary dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree. Located on the Nanaimo campus, the Discovery Room is VIU's hidden jewel, a five-star lunch and dinner service, featuring elegant dining, fine wines and panoramic views. Dinner menu changes each week. Please phone 250-740-6338 for reservations.

VIU Automotive Shop

The VIU Automotive Shop offers quality work at an excellent price. All services are performed by students in training under the supervision of highly experienced Automotive Technicians who value hands-on, in-the-shop training methods whenever possible. Automotive Shop charges parts at cost and labour at a reduced rate of $35 per hour (compared to $90-120 per hour). Services available include regular maintenance, coolant flushes, transmission flushes, brake inspections and work, steering/suspension work, clutches, tune-ups, and much more. Services are limited to curriculum currently being taught throughout the semesters. Available services will be mentioned on our Facebook and Twitter social media. For inquiries or to book an appointment, call 250.740.6453 or email All Automotive Shop customers must read and sign the Customer Service Agreement.

VIU Professional Baking

The VIU Professional Baking program offers custom cakes baked and prepared by students. You can order custom cakes by completing the Cake Order and sending it to the designated person listed on the form.

VIU Spa Institute

VIU Spa Institute is a teaching school located in Parksville and is part of VIU. The Spa Institute offers quality esthetic and nail services at an excellent price. All services are performed by students in training under the supervision of certified licenses Esthetics and Nail Technology Instructors and only professional products are used. Special discounts are offered periodically. These discounts will be mentioned on our Facebook and Twitter social media.

Join the Benefit Card Program

Do you have a business and would like to offer a discount to alumni? Please contact the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office.

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