Case Studies / Space Profiles

Case Studies

Learn about innovative approaches taken by social purpose real estate projects in BC 

Space Profiles

Browse social purpose real estate in BC 

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Help us tell the story of social purpose real estate


Since the founding of the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative in 2009, SPRE has sought to collect data on the types of social purpose real estate spaces that exist in BC 1. This data, and  the accompanying visual materials, are vital to telling the story of social purpose real estate—its value to communities, as well as the opportunities and indeed the challenges of building and operating space for the nonprofit, charitable and social enterprise sectors.

In 2017 - 2018, with the support of a grant from BC Housing, SPRE began to research and document social purpose real estate spaces through "high level" Space Profiles and "deep dive" Case Studies. These profiles/case studies feature a wide variety of spaces, uses, owners and tenants. By improving our collective understanding of what is social purpose real estate and the elements involved in creating and operating these spaces, SPRE is able to better advocate for social purpose real estate as well as strategically support the sector.


SPRE would like to acknowledge all of the individuals/organizations who participated in the case study research and provided information on their social purpose real estate projects. The work of these groups is truly inspiring. We are grateful for your contributions to this project and the work you do on a day-to-day basis in this Province!

Financial Support: BC Housing and Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative

Research: Jordan Brown, SPRE Researcher 2017-2018; Thomas Bevan, SPRE Researcher 2018

Writing / Editing / Project Management: Jordan Brown & Thomas Bevan, SPRE Researchers and Jacqueline Gijssen, SPRE Project Director 

Case Study / Space Profiles Working Group: Michelle Eggli & Irene Gannitsos – Vancity Community Foundation, Jennifer Johnstone – Central City Foundation, Julia Dugaro – City of New Westminster, Wendy Mendes – City of Vancouver, Jordan Brown & Jacqueline Gijssen – SPRE Collaborative