In commemorating the 100th year of the history of VJLS-JH, the construction project of the New Japanese Hall and Multi-purpose Classroom Complex was launched in 1993. The spacious new five storey building with underground parking was completed in June 2000, adjoining the 1928 Old Japanese Hall building. The Old Hall has been designated as a heritage building by the City of Vancouver. The project is commonly called “The VJLS-JH Y2K Capital Project” and its final project costs will be over C$6.0 million if the future debt service fees would have been included.

The Y2K Capital Project has unexpectedly become a marathon project, and Y2K Project Fundraising Campaign has not yet been fully completed. Good news, however is that the outstanding amount of bank loan has finally become slightly below a magic line of $1.0 million (C$965,500 exact) as of August 31, 2007. Over 83% of the fundraising target amount has been accomplished with generous donations over 3000 individuals, businesses, foundations and agencies.

Since this capital project is significantly important for not only the Japanese-Canadian community in Vancouver and the general Canadian communities, but also for the future relationship between Canada and Japan, many dignitaries in both countries have agreed to be the members of the Honorary Advisory Committee of the Y2K Capital Project from the initial stage. Some of them are the (Late) Prince Norihito Takamado, Rt. Hon. Edward Shryer (the 27th Governor General of Canada), Rt. Hon. Yasuhiro Nakasone (former Prime Minister in Japan), Mr. Patrick Read (Commissioner General of 1986 Vancouver Expo), Dr. Koki Sato (Chairman of Mejiro University in Japan).

Y2K Building was completed in June 2000. Although there were still debts from bank, all the debts were paid back in August 2012, thanks to the generous supports from the community.

Y2Kプロジェクトとは・・・

Y2K事業計画とは、1993年の年次総会で決議され、2000年完成を目標に取り組んだ「新校舎と新日系人会館」の建設事業計画のことです。1928年設立の校舎と日系人会館が老朽化し、また施設も手狭になったので、総工費約600万ドルの計画を企画しました。日系人がカナダ連邦政府に求めていた「日系カナダ人戦時補償」が解決し、日系人戦時補償基金から140万ドルを受けて始まりました。日本の万博協会からもご支援を頂きました。

日本では故高円宮親王殿下、中曽根康弘元首相、またカナダ側ではエドワード・シュライヤー元カナダ総督、パトリック・リード元バンクーバー万博コミッショナー・ジェネラルなど総計16名の著名な方々に名誉顧問団の名前を連ねて頂きました。

新しい施設は予定どおり2000年6月に竣工しました。まだこの時点では、銀行ローンが残っていましたが、多くのコミュニティーの皆さんに継続支援を頂き、2012年8月に全額完済することができました。ご寄付者総計は日本を含めて約2600名。頂いたご寄付は延べ6000口に達しました。日本では北海道から沖縄までの各拠点に「日本側募金委員会」が配置され、東京の目白学園法人室が無償で寄付金事務取り扱いを最後まで引き受けてくださいました。寄付者の方々のお名前は、本団体施設内に永久掲示されることになっています。