News & Updates

SPRE Site Visits: Victoria's new Social Innovation Centre

May 2018 & Sept 2017 - SPRE members were lucky to visit the new Social Innovation Centre in renovation pre-move in last Sept, and this May will return to celebrate full operations. Congratulations to Victoria's Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society ( and Family Services of Greater Victoria ( on the realization of this fantastic new hub!

Shout Out to Renewal Partners: Investing with Impact

Real Estate Strategies for Nonprofits and Communities - NCN

2018 Study Tour with Toronto's Artscape

Arts Umbrella to Move to Emily Carr Building on Granville Island

SPRE Site Visits: Celebrating the new Chinatown Cultural Hub

March 2018 - SPRE members toured the new Chinatown Cultural Hub. Congratulations to BC Artscape and the Chinatown community in creating over 50,000sf of space for non profits and social enterprises.

AMP CoWorking Space is Looking for New Members

Check out opportunities at the AMP and other fantastic co-working spaces across BC

Reprieve From Property Tax Increases for BC Housing Non Profits

The start on a deserately needed review of property assessement classifications--where land desingated for non profit use (non market housing or other), is not assessed at market levels.

New Westminster Approves Affordable Housing Project for Creative Community

Building on the success of Vancouver's Performing Arts Lodge (see SPRE Case Studies), PAL #2 recently approved by New Westminster City Council. Sixty-six non-market rental units for artists!

Toronto's New "Creative Co-Location" Property Tax Classification

A pilot project to test a new property tax subclass for creative co-location "... meant to significantly reduce the tax burden on landlords who let their buildings be colonized by cultural hubs. In exhcange for providing below-market leases in a commercial rental market... landlords will see their tax bills substantially reduced."