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The Real Estate Foundation of BC office in the Marine Building, in downtown Vancouver. (Photo: Flickr / Kyle Pearce)

Jul 14, 2017

Roberta Stewart Joins REFBC’s Board of Governors

The Real Estate Foundation of BC is pleased to announce the appointment of our newest Governor: Robert Stewart, a general solicitor from Prince George. Roberta has been appointed by the Real Estate Council of BC for a three-year term

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Lake Okanagan, near Vernon, BC. (Photo: Stephanie Butler)

Jun 15, 2017

REFBC Grants $1.3M to Fund 10 Land Use Projects

The Real Estate Foundation's Board of Governors approved and ratified 10 grants at the June grants meeting, totalling $1,310,587. Projects supported include: climate policy research, indigenous land planning, consumer education on home energy efficiency, and more.

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Port Coquitlam, BC. Credit: PictureBC.

Apr 20, 2017

Building Change: Bringing Sustainability to our Built Environments

People live in places. The places that we build – small towns, communities, cities, suburbs – all have impacts on our environment and on shared resources, like air, water, greenspace and energy. In our latest report, Building Change, the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) presents a case for sustainable built environments, along with six priorities for action. 

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Apr 13, 2017

REFBC Funds 15 Land Use and Real Estate Projects Across BC

REFBC’s Board of Governors approved seven General Grants and eight Real Estate Industry Grants, for a total of nearly $1.3 million in grants to support land use and real estate projects in communities across BC.

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Eulechan run on the Skeena River. Prince Rupert, BC. (Photo: Hedy Rubin)

Apr 12, 2017

Travel Blog: Haida Gwaii & Prince Rupert

Throughout the year, Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) staff and board members make visits to communities across the province to learn more about local initiatives and REFBC-funded projects. In March 2017, REFBC CEO Jack Wong and Grants Manager Hedy Rubin visited communities in Haida Gwaii to meet with Indigenous community leaders and learn more about Comprehensive Community Planning. They also visited Prince Rupert to attend the BC Northern Real Estate Board’s Annual General Meeting. 

blue-painted houses close together on a city street
Apr 11, 2017

Mandy Hansen and Ramona Faust to Lead REFBC Board of Governors

The Real Estate Foundation of BC held its Annual General Meeting on April 7, 2017, which included an election for the Foundation’s Chair and Vice-chair positions.We are pleased to share that Mandy Hansen has been elected Chair for 2017-18 and that Ramona Faust has been elected as Vice-chair.

Dec 22, 2016

Holiday Office Closure

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Dec 22, 2016

Holiday Office Closure

At this busy time of year, we’d like to take a moment to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.

To give our staff time to celebrate the festive season with their families, our office will be closed from December 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017, inclusive. 


Vancouver, BC. 

Dec 21, 2016

$900,000 in New Grants Awarded

The Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Board of Governors approved 10 grants at the Foundation’s December 2016 grants meeting, totaling $901,750. To date, REFBC has awarded more than $75 million in grants to support sustainable land use projects in communities across BC.

land awards

The Land Awards Gala is one way the Foundation is able to connect with communities and organizations to share information on BC land use issues and to celebrate innovation, collaboration and leadership in the broader sector.

Oct 24, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Land Award Finalists and Winners

At the Land Awards Gala on Oct. 21, REFBC presented three Land Awards – for projects led by the private, public and non-profit sectors. The Foundation also celebrated the work od Deborah Curran, 2016 Land Champion.


Metrotown, Burnaby, BC. (Photo: PictureBC)

Oct 21, 2016

REFBC’s Submission for the National Housing Strategy

This week, REFBC shared comments and recommendations for the Federal government’s National Housing Strategy. REFBC’s submission included feedback from grantees and project partners, as well as insights gleaned from our recent research on the built environment.