News

Latest announcements about our tenants, the impact of the portfolio and community issues that intersect with commercial real estate.

Eat out today for a good cause!
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Jules Bistro is donating 100% of the proceeds from today's sales to the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund.  


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We've Moved
Monday, November 01, 2021

As of November 1st, 2021 you can now find us at 56 E Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC! 

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Bookkeeper Needed
Friday, August 13, 2021

We are looking for a part-time bookkeeper to join our team providing support to our Financial Officer with various projects for CIRES and the Washington Community Market. 

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Beat the Heat
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Beat the Heat. Overheating during hot weather can harm your health and cause heat-related illnesses.


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Project Coordinator Needed
Monday, April 19, 2021

The Coordinated Community Response Network (CCRN) is seeking a Project Coordinator. This is a twelve (12) month contract position and will be administratively held within CIRES.  

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The Washington Community Market is Hiring!
Monday, February 22, 2021

Growth and expansion are on the horizon for the Market!  The Market needs an experienced grocer to lead the team and its day-to-day operations as it embarks on this new, exciting chapter.

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CIRES is pleased to support the Overdose Prevention Society's (OPS) move to another space within our Portfolio.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021

OPS moved into the newly renovated space on the ground floor of the Irving Hotel located at 390 Columbia Street on January 1st.  

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Downtown Eastside Women's Centre calls on City of Vancouver
Thursday, October 01, 2020

Downtown Eastside Women's Centre calls on City of Vancouver to increase and expedite safe spaces in the DTES during COVID-19

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Lamplighter has officially reopened its doors! 
Friday, May 29, 2020

Lamplighter Public House has officially reopened its doors with a few extra safety measures to keep things sane and sanitary but they're still serving up your favourite pub eats and local beers.

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Downtown Eastside supported through skills training, employment
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Peer support workers have shared life experiences, culture, identities and perspectives on mental health, substance use, homelessness, poverty, sex work and intergenerational trauma. Peers can provide safe, welcoming and more culturally responsive supports to vulnerable DTES residents.

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Downtown Eastside community has delivered 100,000 hot meals to their most vulnerable neighbours
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Over the last seven weeks, during the worst of the COVID-19 restrictions, more than 100,000 hot meals have been distributed to people living in SROs or on the streets in the Downtown Eastside. 

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Social Enterprises use their expertise to coordinate community COVID response
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

With COVID-19 limiting access to food and other critical lifelines, Vancouver's social enterprise community has collaborated to provide vital aid to those people hardest hit by the pandemic.

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B.C. companies creating new jobs in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

British Columbians are responding to COVID-19 by creating new jobs in a variety of fields even as many sectors have been devastated by the pandemic.

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DTES Social Enterprises coming together amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Thursday, March 12, 2020

In a collaborative effort with other DTES Social Enterprises, CIRES is working on being present at the table with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health to ensure DTES residents are at the forefront of a coordinated community response.

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COVID-19 Get the facts from reputable sources
Thursday, March 12, 2020

While there is much media coverage of the COVID-19 virus it is important to be sure the information is reputable and up to date. Here are the sites that will keep you informed. 

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Biometric opiod vending machine unveiled in Vancouver
Thursday, January 23, 2020

The vending machine scans a registered opioid user's hands and dispenses a safe dose of hydromorphone. 

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Connecting with social enterprises and enabling projects that serve our community
Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Walton Hotel at 265 E Hastings St., is a dedicated space in our portfolio that supports the diverse social enterprises that bring affordable goods and services and are in need of a temporary space to run special programs.

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Social enterprises help workers with barriers get back on their feet
Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Social enterprises contribute tens of millions of dollars to the local economy of the Downtown Eastside and employ thousands of people in the process.

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A look inside Common Thread Co-operative
Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Common Thread, Executive Director, Anna du Bois, was good enough to meet with CIRE's staff last month and give them a tour of their facilities. Come take a look at their wonderful space!  

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Annual Report 2019
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We are pleased to share with you the Community Impact Real Estate Society's first annual report! 

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Brave Technology Coop | Investing in developing potential life saving technologies
Friday, June 07, 2019

CIRE is proud to announce funding to Brave Technology Coop ("Brave"), a Vancouver-based cooperative dedicated to helping municipalities across North America combat the overdose crisis and reduce deaths in their communities. 


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Executive Director Appointment Announcement
Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Community Impact Real Estate Society’s Board of Directors (CIRES) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Steve Johnston as the next Executive Director.

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Social Procurement Symposium & Social Enterprise Trade Show at The Anjok
Friday, May 03, 2019

Living our goal of leading and supporting Community Economic Development initiatives by sponsoring and making the space within our portfolio available to our partners.   

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Social Value Fund Contribution
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

CIRE is proud to announce its contribution to the National Social Value Fund, a not-for-profit organization that funds and provides resources to Canadian Social enterprises and non-profits

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Community Learning Events | A conversation with Nancy Neamtan
Friday, March 22, 2019

March 21st marked the beginning of CIRE’s Community Learning Events with one of Canada’s leading experts in building social economies and social innovation ecosystems, Nancy Neamtan.


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Bursary fund for Groundswell Education Society
Monday, March 18, 2019

CIRE is delighted to announce a bursary fund for Groundswell Education Society's social entrepreneurship programs.

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Thank You Note from Common Thread (formerly Craftworks)
Monday, March 11, 2019

CIRE is pleased to announce a bursary fund for Common Thread (formerly Craftworks), towards their Threadworks sewing training program. 


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Vancouver co-working space is 100% for non-profits
Friday, February 22, 2019

New Vancouver co-working space is 100% free for non-profits. Affording office space in Vancouver just got a little easier for non-profit groups.  



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We are seeking an Executive Director
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

We are accepting applications for the position of Executive Director for our office based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. 

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Community Impact Real Estate - Open for Business
Friday, October 12, 2018

Our launch event was a fantastic opportunity for representatives from local community organizations, portfolio subtenants, BC Housing and others, to engage in lively conversations and join in the celebration!

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Vancouver City Council Approves Community Benefit Agreement
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Learn about the Community Benefit Agreement and read the City of Vancouver report.

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Mission Possible on CTV Morning Live
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

In case you missed it, check out our clips from CTV Morning Live on Wednesday, August 29!

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New social enterprise brings opportunities to DTES
Thursday, July 12, 2018

People in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside will have new opportunities for social inclusion and economic development, thanks to a new social enterprise.

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