Space4Community Survey Wraps Up! Thanks to all the not-for-profits, social enterprises and artists who participated, completed and shared the survey with your networks.  

Respondents representing 643 spaces participated in the Survey—revealing the challenges they face in delivering vital services and programs, including impacts from the Covid19 Pandemic.  With participants from across BC, not surprisingly, most were from the key ‘affordability’ areas of Vancouver, Lower Mainland and south/mid Vancouver Island including SPRE member municipalities of Vancouver, Richmond, Victoria, City of North Vancouver, Surrey and Nanaimo. Watch for the survey results release in the spring of 2021. For more information on the SPACE for COMMUNITY Project, click here

When the landmark 2013 Rent--Lease--Own Study was released—anecdote turned to evidence and the crisis of space in the non-profit sector was day-lighted in a way that policy makers and the sector could not avoid.  With SPRE’s partner The Real Estate Institute of BC, the 2020 re-boot of Rent – Lease – Own, now a call to action, the Space for Community Project was updated and expanded.

The project included workshops on “Financial Aspects of Renting, Leasing and Licensing Space”, a massive background research study with literature review, best practices and policy scans and interview with key leaders in the sector. For more info on the now completed workshops, click here

As part of the Space for Community Survey/Study, SPRE also sought to capture an up-to-date understanding of the Covid 19 Pandemic—on the organizations and their use, need for, and ability to secure and retain space. The survey captures challenging times and a changing real estate context for the sector. To see the Survey Overview and FAQs, click here



  • Space for Communnity, Phoenix Group of Planners, Architects, Real Estate Professionals, Vancouver 
  • Land for Community Benefit Forum, Partnership with the Housing Research Collaborative, Vancouver
  • Space 4 Community Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Social Issues Subcommittee, Burnaby
  • Building Communities Through Social Purpose Real Estate & Heritage Partnerships, Heritage BC Webinar, BC
  • Building a Social Purpose Real Estate Strategy, United Church Properties, Victoria
  • Partnerships and Collaboration, School of Community & Regional Planning, UBC
  • City Vancouver Employment Lands and Economy Review – Advisory Committee


  • RENT – LEASE – OWN, Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Social Issues Subcommittee, Burnaby
  • Building a Social Purpose Real Estate Strategy, Anglican Diocese Kootenays, Kelowna
  • Social Purpose Real Estate, City of Vancouver Planning Commission
  • Social Purpose Real Estate, Vancouver Round Table
  • Social Purpose Real Estate, Vancouver Board of Trade, Regional/Civic Affairs Committee,
  • New Normal: Building Collaborations & Partnerships for Social Impact Land Use Projects & Risk & Return on Investment in Social Purpose Real Estate, 2019 Land Summit, Vancouver
  • City Vancouver Employment Lands and Economy Review – Advisory Committee


  • City for All SummitCity of Vancouver Planning Commission
  • Collaborate to Accelerate! Small Housing Summit, Vancouver
  • Hero Work Panel on Non Profit/Chairty Needs for Real Estate, Victoria
  • ​Space for Cutlure at "Unrestricted" BC Alliance for Arts & Culture & Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Association Conference; graphic recording by Annalee Kornelsen, Vancouver


  • Finding Community Spaces in an Increasingly Crowded City, IMPACT West: A Forum for Foundations, Non-Profits and Charitable Organizations, Vancouver
  • Resiliency & Sustainability Through Social Purpose Real Estate, National Executive Forum on Public Property, Vancouver
  • Social Purpose Real Estate: Solutions for Victoria NPOs, Hosted by Social Innovation Centre, Vancity and Victoria Foundation, Victoria
  • Place, Invitational Discussion in preparation for 2018 National Conveying,  Vancouver 
  • Enhance Mission, Capital and Operations with SPRE Partnerships, BC Non-Profit Housing Association Conference, Housing Central, Richmond
  • Partnership Exploration, Housing Partnership Conference, Richmond
  • SPRE Symposium: Demystifying Real Estate for Non Profits and Social Enterprise with "Intelligent Leasing", "Finding the Money", "Planning for Space" ISSofBC Welcome House, Vancouver




  • SPRE Mini Workshops: "To Hold/ To Sell/ To Develop", "Functional Programming for Non Profit Organizations","ABC's of Development", "Leasing or Buying--Colocation or Solo", Vancouver


  • SPRE Conference: "Our Places Our Spaces", Vancouver


  • 2017 Housing Central / BC Non Profit Housing Conference Bursaries, Richmond 
  • 2015 Building Opportunities Conference Bursaries, Vancouver
  • 2013 Building Opportunities Conference Bursaries, Denver
  • 2011 Building Opportunities Conference Bursaries, Los Angeles
  • 2010 Our Places Our Spaces Conference Bursaries, Vancouver