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CDI College complaints dismissed in B.C.; not so in Edmonton, Winnipeg

June 5, 2013. 9:26 am • Section: B.C. Education Report
Janet Steffenhagen


I’ve received several emails regarding complaints against CDI College by former students of licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs in Edmonton and Winnipeg.

The writer, who distributed his emails widely, asked why no one seemed to care about this in B.C., where CDI College also operates numerous programs from campuses in Vancouver,  Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Abbotsford and Victoria.

I contacted the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA), the Crown corporation responsible for regulating such institutions, and asked if it has received any complaints about CDI. Indeed it has — six this year– but all were reviewed by the board and dismissed, said PCTIA communications coordinator Nadia Stefyn.

The complaints included four about CDI’s medical office assistant program, one about the dental assistant program and one about the business, technology and health program.

Meanwhile in Edmonton, two students have filed a statement of claim alleging deficiencies with the LPN program in that city, according to a CBC report.  Following the allegations, admission into the LPN program was suspended.

And the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba is investigating complaints from LPN students attending CDI College in Winnipeg.  A CBC story on that can be found here.

CDI College is owned by Eminata Group, which also operates Vancouver Career College, University Canada West, Reeves College, PCU College of Holistic Medicine and the Visual College of Art and Design. Vancouver Province reporter Cassidy Olivier  wrote extensively about the organization and its  legal problems last year.

Eminata owner Peter Chung’s response to the stories can be found here. He concluded by saying: “On a personal note, I want to make it clear that education is extremely important to me, whether public or private. I started schools through Eminata to change lives through education.”

In September, Chung was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.


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