News & Updates

JUST PUBLISHED: Shared Space & the New Non Profit Workplace

SPRE is thrilled to share the news of this new publication, which we think will transform access to information on non profit centres and shared spaces in North America. By SPRE friends and partners in the 2015 Building Opportunities Conference, China Brotsky and Sarah Eisinger, with Diane Vinokur-Kaplan, Shared Space & the New Non Profit Workplace tells it all. Shared Space is "... a practical roadmap to develop these new workspaces; documents benefits to nonprofit staff, organizations, and their communities; and presents challenges and solutions at successful nonprofit shared spaces, the history of nonprofit centers, and future trends. Further, it offers nonprofits an opportunity to engage in forward-thinking practices, such as collaborative service delivery, green building operations, and cross-sector alliances. The comprehensive resource will be useful to nonprofit executives, staff and board members, foundations, philanthropists, real estate and urban planning professionals interested in creating these projects, and researchers and students of the nonprofit sector."

Industrial Concierge Services - Vancouver Economic Commission

A new program by VEC, businesses and organizations can sign up for Industrial Concierge Services to connect to opportunities for industrial space-sharing in Vancouver.

CIRES Community Impact Real Estate Society joins the SPRE Table

The SPRE Table is excited to announce yet another new member -- CIRES Community Impact Real Estate Society!  Using BC Housing properites on long term lease, the non-profit society CIRES manages 52 commercial units in 24 building in Vancouver's inner city. Totallying 100,000+ sf, most of the buildings are mixed use with commercial retail at grade and social housing above. Approximately 60% of the commercial units are leased at below market rates to social enterprises and non-profit organiziations with value added back annually via profits from the commercial leases. This is social purpose real estate at scale!

SPRE joins 2019 Land Summit as Allied Partner, May 9-10, Vancouver BC

Social purpose real estate takes the stage at the 2019 Land Summit with two deep dive sessions and amobile tour. This is the place for land use conversations! Held once every five years, the Land Summit brings together planners, real estate professionals, architects, land surveyors, appraisers, landscape architects, engineers, developers--the full spectrum. Registration ends May 3rd. Preliminary program & registration at:

Heritage Legacy Funding Deadline May 17, 2019

Is your social purpose real estate project located in a heritage building? Your organization may be eligible for funding to help plan, restore or other wise take care of the property. Check out this funding program for more information.

New Member CMHC joins the SPRE Table

With affordablity affecting not just housing but equally impacting non profit and social enterprise spaces, SPRE is delighted to have the Affordable Housing Team at CMHC join the SPRE Table. Their presence along with BC Housing, rounds out the conversation and enables oppunitities for more robust examination of the issues and possible solutions. 

SPRE Welcomes City of Richmond!

The Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative is pleased to welcome the City of Richmond as its newest member. With representation from the Policy Planning, Community Social Development, and Arts, Culture & Heritage departments, we look forward to enhancing the regional perspective on space for community.

City for All Summit - Dec 4

Helping the City of Vancouver Planning Commission, SPRE's Jacquie Gijssen lead the round table on Places & Spaces -- Where & How We Live. With affordability, suitability, security of tenure and long term operational sustainability threatening housing as well as space for community, the day's dialogue featured a refreshing array of new and experienced players. 

NEW Grant Program - Small Grants for Cultural Spaces - up to $25K

from the City of Vancouver, a new program making available up to $25,000 for small arts & culture related space projects including planning or research studies, small capital projects, mentorships, and capacity development related to space. 

SPRE in Victoria, Dec 3 @ Cities in the 21st Century

SPRE's Jacquie Gijssen and members Jennifer Johnstone (Central City Foundation) and Irene Gannitsos (Vancity Community Foundation) are delighted to be in Victoria again this Fall. With thanks to the Mayor of Victoria for reaching out to include SPRE in the Lunch Time Series at City Hall. This will be the 3rd visit to Victoria in a year--lots happening in the capital city in social purpose real estate!