By making an equity investment in Catalyst and its projects, you’ll make a fair return on your investment, while also making a contribution to housing affordability in BC. Catalyst applies traditional real estate expertise, efficiency and cost management to every project we work on. But instead of collecting a profit, we reinvest our margins into increased affordability – and new development projects.
Our respected staff and Board of Directors are experts in development and business operations, with decades of private sector development experience. Our entrepreneurial model combines real estate investing and development with community benefits, and offers you a fair rate of return, too. Let us get your social equity to work to increase housing affordability in British Columbia.
Investments are loaned to the project for the duration of the development, and then repaid upon completion of construction. In other cases, your investment can remain in the project for a longer term, with interest paid over time, and principal repaid once debt has been reduced through project rental revenues.
What we’re looking for from investors
- An equity investment
- Strong passion for creating community benefits
- Commitment to the social mission of the project
What you get from your investment
- Your initial investment returned, plus interest
- An opportunity to put your money to good work
- A chance to support and giving back to the community
- Helping community organizations secure assets for the future
Our direct investments in Catalyst projects are among my favourite to talk about. We not only earn a decent financial return for our Foundation’s endowment, but with the creation of more rental housing, and the new models of community ownership and collaboration, I can directly see and experience the impact being created here. It’s an amazing opportunity to be a part of something much larger than yourself, and to genuinely feel like you are making a difference through an investment. More, please!
Vancity Community Foundation
I can't tell you how proud I felt yesterday (at the opening of Madrona @ Dockside). Honestly I think that's the best investment I've made. Such a good news story all the way round.
Social Equity Investor
Vancity invests in Catalyst because they contribute to increasing supply in affordable rental housing. Doing so helps to increase the number of community-owned real estate assets, secures their long-term affordability, and enhances the sustainability, capacity, and asset base of our community partners. We are developing a deeply rooted partnership with Catalyst in order to increase the capacity of the non-profit sector to deliver impact real estate projects and to strategically influence public policy around affordable housing delivery and community asset development.
Manager of Community Investment