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THE PATH TO CHANGEAdvancing Sustainable Land Use


The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia is a philanthropic organization established in 1985 to advance sustainable land use. Our mission is to transform land use attitudes and practices in BC through innovation, stewardship and learning.


We support sustainable land use. We provide funding to non-profit organizations and work with them to enable positive change in BC – through education, research and law reform, related to land use and in the public interest.


By law, the Foundation receives interest from deposits held in trust by brokerages. This is public money – we invest it, and give it back to the community in the form of grants, and other initiatives. So every property sale benefits the whole province.

Program Areas: Types of Projects Funded

We fund initiatives that are transforming real estate and land use practices throughout British Columbia. Our grants support initiatives that address current and future challenges in five areas:


17 projects funded in 2014 $934,385 awarded in 2014

The built environment encompasses the buildings and infrastructure that support human settlement in urban and rural areas. We fund initiatives that contribute to building more sustainable communities in BC and reducing practices such as dispersed development or sprawl.

2014 Featured Project$100,000 Community Energy Association

To design and collaboratively implement Community Energy and Emissions Plans with local governments, First Nations and others across BC.


13 projects funded in 2014 $919,688 awarded in 2014

We fund initiatives that help protect BC‘s freshwater resources now and in the future. These projects include land use planning and policy, watershed governance, mapping studies and applied research.

2014 Featured Project$200,000 Peace River Regional District

For groundwater mapping and monitoring to build knowledge of the region's aquifers and water quality; compile information in a public database.


8 projects funded in 2014 $1,281,538 awarded in 2014

We fund initiatives that contribute to supporting sustainable food systems in BC. Projects include land use planning, policy, regulation, design, mapping and feasibility studies that aim to advance more resilient food systems.

2014 Featured Project$1,000,000 Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

To support UBC Farm's capacity to deliver research and education to advance sustainable agricultural land use policies and practices.


6 projects funded in 2014 $490,410 awarded in 2014

We fund initiatives that support sustainable land use for the long-term benefit of BC communities and ecosystems. These projects seek to integrate social, environmental, economic and cultural objectives into policy and practice and often include research, education and community engagement.

2014 Featured Project$244,910 Windermere District Farmers Institute

For a multi-region pilot to develop a program whereby BC agricultural producers are paid for protecting ecosystem services on their land.


6 projects funded in 2014 $357,179 awarded in 2014

Every year, we dedicate a percentage of our grants budget to help fund projects that promote professional excellence in real estate in BC. Initiatives include public and professional education about the industry, real estate law reform, research and other real estate related activities.

2014 Featured Project$14,300 South Okanagan Real Estate Board

For seminars for REALTORS®, builders, developers and homeowners on best practices for developing land near streams and other sensitive habitats.

23% 22% 32% 12% 9% 2%
  • Sustainable Built Environments
  • Freshwater Sustainability
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Sustainable Land Use
  • Professional Excellence in Real Estate
  • Other

The Real Estate Foundation’s Board of Governors awarded 50 grants in 2014 totalling $4.06 million.