Our Story

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Our mission

Since 2013, Catalyst has partnered with community organizations, non-profits and municipal governments to create projects that deliver on our mission – to unlock the value of community assets to create vibrant, affordable, and inspiring place for people to live and work in.

Who our housing is for

Catalyst projects typically are targeting households that earn at or near the average household incomes for the various communities in which we are providing housing. Rents are impacted by many and varied factors including but not limited to construction costs, operating costs, and location. We do not directly subsidize tenants.

How We Collaborate

Catalyst brings together decades of real estate development experience with shared non-profit values. We apply traditional real estate expertise, efficiency and cost management to every project we work on. Our goal is to help our non-profit partners achieve long-term financial sustainability, while also creating opportunities for Catalyst to build more affordable housing in BC.

Our Founding Supporter

Vancity has been a supporter of Catalyst Community Developments Society since its inception.  Beginning with organizational development support, strategic advice on business planning and board development, and start-up grants, Vancity’s involvement now includes support to maximise impact for the developments they invest in by building networking and partnerships with mission-aligned organizations, and providing seed funding, pre-development loans, and other social finance solutions.  Catalyst is also a Vancity business member – they have access to all the financial services for their core operations as well as financing for construction, take-out, and retail mortgages for their projects. 

We’re passionate about building affordable housing and community spaces and take our responsibilities to our partners, investors, and communities very seriously. Our business-like approach to development manages costs and risks to maximize affordability for our tenants, while delivering long-term financial sustainability to our non-profit partners.

Robert Brown