Blueberry farm in Mission, BC (Photo: Picture BC)

Blueberry farm in Mission. (Photo: Picture BC)

Sep 29, 2014

BC Public Opinion Study Shows Strong Support for Local Farmland

The Real Estate Foundation of BC and Vancouver Foundation have released the results of a public opinion study on attitudes toward agriculture and food in BC.

tractor in delta farmland

Agriculture in Delta. Photo: Picture BC

Sep 24, 2014

September Grants Approved

The Real Estate Foundation's Board of Governors approved ten grants at the September grants meeting, totalling $757,448. Read more about the projects.

Flooding near Sicamous, BC (Photo: Emergency Info BC on Flickr)

Flooding near Sicamous BC in June 2012 affected local people, homes, businesses and infrastructure. (Photo (edited): Emergency Info BC on Flickr)

Sep 23, 2014

Steps Toward a National Floodplain Management Framework

In recent years, BC has witnessed flooding events in locations as diverse as Bella Coola, Duncan, Stewart and Pine Pass. Most flood hazard maps, and maps produced under the federal-provincial Floodplain Mapping Program, were produced in 2004 or earlier and have not been maintained or updated.

Solar power demonstration site, Hazelton BC

Cynthia McCreery, Operations Director at Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, with Leanne Sexsmith and Kelly Lerigny at the Storytellers Foundation solar demonstration site in Hazelton, a project was funded by the Real Estate Foundation.

Sep 19, 2014

On the Ground in Northwest BC

This summer, Grants Manager Leanne Sexsmith joined CEO Jack Wong and board member Kelly Lerigny for a few days of being "on the ground" with non-profits and governments in BC's Northwest.

Atira Women's Resource Society's Imouto container housing project, Vancouver BC

Atira Women's Resource Society built Imouto, a non-profit housing development created from shipping containers, in Vancouver's downtown eastside. (Photo: Atira)

Sep 08, 2014

Leading BC Research: Alternative Sources of Capital for Affordable Housing

Findings from a joint Real Estate Foundation of BC and BC Housing project profiling research on alternative sources of capital were featured at an international conference in September. The reports are available here.

REFBC and ALC meeting

Agricultural Land Commission personnel met with the Foundation's Sustainable Food Systems Working Group in August.

Sep 05, 2014

Connecting to Local Food

There's a lot more to being a grantmaker than just giving away money.

The awards will be presented at the Land Awards Gala on October 17, 2014 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver. Tickets are on sale now.

Jul 09, 2014

Announcing: 2014 Land Awards Finalists

The Real Estate Foundation of BC is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Land Awards.

Gary Runka hiking in Mackenzie Valley

Gary Runka hiked the beautiful Mackenzie Valley in 2009.

Jul 09, 2014

Gary Runka Named 2014 Land Champion

We are pleased to announce that Gary Runka is the 2014 Land Champion award recipient. Mr. Runka was an influential, well-respected professional who worked with groups from every sector to facilitate solid land use planning and natural resource management decisions over the course of five decades.

Our staff and board walk to the Columbia Valley Wetlands viewpoint, just outside Invermere.

Jul 04, 2014

On the Road: Kootenay Edition

In June, our staff and board travelled to the East Kootenays to learn about local projects and connect with communities in the region.

Jun 26, 2014

June Grants Approved

Our board and grants meetings were held in Fairmont Hot Springs in June. The Board of Governors is pictured here overlooking the Columbia Valley Wetlands (L-R: Scott Ullrich, Anna Warwick Sears, Kelly Lerigny, Gerry Martin, Jim Rempel).

Jun 26, 2014

June Grants Approved

The Real Estate Foundation's Board of Governors approved 13 grants at the June grants meeting, totalling $1,357,999.