Good Morning Everyone,

Please see below for our 2nd newsletter of the year. If you are interested in sharing news and events about your organization or community group in our newsletter, please be sure to contact me, Alisha (CED Coordinator) before the 13th day of each month. Also, please note that some of the images do not appear in the newsletter if you do not click to "display images below" at the top of your email.
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CEDSAC Updates

Congratulations to EMBERS!
EMBERS is pleased to announce that we were successful in our bid to the City of Vancouver to operate an Income Generation Hub at the Lux (57 East Hastings St).  Many of you may be familiar with this Hub as there were discussions regarding this at the CEDSAC Committee level as well as within the Incomes and Livelihoods Working Group. As you can imagine there is a great deal of work to be done and over the next few months we will meeting with numerous organizations that have agreed to partner with us in this new initiative.  If you are interested in participating and would like to discuss further please feel free to contact Johanna Li (  We are especially grateful to Urban Core for their support in our bid for this project and we look forward to continuing our work with them as they provide leadership for the Hub Advisory Committee.  Of course we will continue to update CEDSAC regarding our process and are open to any input you may have on this exciting new project.  

Request for Quote and Request for Expression of Interest
The CEDSA Committee and City Staff worked together on the Request For Quote (RFQ) for a planned manufacturing and import substitution feasibility study and the Request For Expression Of Interest (RFEOI) regarding the development of a leadership and employable skills program to build capacity for at risk youth and youth with barriers in the Downton Eastside to obtain employment in the non-profit and community services sector. Both the RFQ and RFEOI will be released by the City within the next 3-4 weeks, so if you are interested in applying to either of these requests, please keep an eye on the City of Vancouver's website. The City and CEDSA Committee anticipate vetting proposals for both requests in May. 

Changes to CED Coordinator's Community Engagement Drop In Hours
Please note that the following three Wednesdays, March 22nd, March 29th, and April 5th the CED Coordinator will be away. Therefore, drop in hours will be cancelled on those respective dates. The drop in hours will resume on Wednesday April 12th, from 12pm-1:30pm at Potluck Cafe, 30 W. Hastings St.

CEDSAC Working Group Updates & Meeting Times
Community Benefits Agreement Working Group
The Community Benefits Agreement Working Group heard from Thien Phan with the City of Vancouver regarding the operations and success of the Parq Development community benefit agreement. The working group discussed the need to build capacity among social enterprises in order to meet the needs of future developments. It was suggested that a list of sub-trades and qualified vendors be created in order to supply the developers with labour, and for social enterprises to partner with conventional manufacturer’s for sub-contracts. The working group highlighted that instead of focusing on the geography of the respective development projects, the community being served should be the focus and be represented in these agreements.

Retail Gentrification & Social Inclusion Working Group
The Retail Gentrification and Social Inclusion working group reviewed and discussed the feedback received on the Community Retail Research Forum, as well as heard information from Kahoruko Yamamoto about her research on "Confronting Gentrification in Low-Income Neighbourhoods: Focusing on Housing Crisis & Revitalization of local Business". Genevieve from BC Artscape also shared information on their mission and purpose of the program, the structure and design of the space they’re utilizing in the Sun Wah building, and their tenant selection process.The working group determined goals and next steps, which include synthesizing the retail research from Carnegie Community Action Project, Strathcona Resident Association /Ray-Cam, and the Hua Foundation along with City wide retail research being conducted by the City of Vancouver. By synthesizing the aforementioned research the working group can support the development of a matrix or decision making tool to provide input to the Community Impact Real Estate Society (CIRES) when selecting tenants for vacant retail units in the Downtown Eastside. The group will also provide feedback to the City of Vancouver on various request for proposals relevant to commercial retail plans in the Downtown Eastside.

Advocacy Working Group
The Advocacy working group heard presentations from Trish with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, and from Chris Van Veen and Zachary Zawaduk with the City of Vancouver regarding advocacy strategies within a municipal context. The working group decided that it would be useful to meet quarterly and bring in various City staff and senior staff together with several organizations in the community doing advocacy work, to learn what work is being done and how it can be supported, but as well as to have a CEDSAC liaison attend other advocacy based organizations’ meetings. The group also discussed hosting community feasts to bring community residents, city staff, and organizations together to share information on advocacy efforts in an informal format.

The Community Benefits Agreement Working Group
Friday, March 17th 1pm-3pm 
SFU Charles Chang Innovation Centre
308 W. Hasting St. Vancouver
Entrance on Hamilton St.

The Retail Gentrification & Social Inclusion Working Group
Thursday, March 30th 2pm-4pm
Mezzanine Room at The Amp Office (Mezzanine floor)
425 Carrall St. Vancouver, Buzz 9050

The Advocacy Working Group
Monday, April 24th 10am-12pm 
UBC Learning Exchange, Multipurpose Room
612 Main St. Vancouver, BC
DTES Community News & Events

The Amp Office has space available!
The Amp co-working space is a social enterprise anchored by Ecotrust Canada and home to a number of mission driven organizations. We currently have a large, bright private office available to rent with 8-10 desks. Services and amenities include two meeting rooms, café style lounge area, front desk reception, internet, photocopier/printer, kitchen with free tea/coffee, secure biking storage, free access to our gym, weekly events such as yoga, meditation, knitting club, run club and much more. Plus you’ll find lots of opportunity to connect with social purpose organizations! Email to visit our space and schedule a tour.
BC Artscape is looking for tenants

Please see the link below to learn more about BC Artscape and how you can apply to become a tenant in their art and community based co-working space.

Youth Collaborative for Chinatown
Youth Collaborative for Chinatown is hosting a new Spring series of their Hot & Noise Chinatown Mahjong Social, which is the first Saturday of every month from 3:00pm-6:00pm in the Chinatown Plaza Mall (Floata Lobby) at 180 Keefer St. Please see the links below for more information and the many ways you can get involved! Fb event

Photo/Graphic by BC Artscape
Poster by Jeffrey Chong. 
Marketing Material for Youth Collaborative for Chinatown's Hot & Noisy Mahjong Spring Series
CED Coordinator's Availability
Do you want to connect with CEDSAC, interested in participating in a working group, have information to share, then please get in touch with Alisha Maxfield, the Community Economic Development Coordinator for CEDSAC.

You can connect with Alisha in the following ways:
  • Email:
  • Phone: 604-349-1987
  • Community Engagement hours every Wednesday between 12pm-1:30pm at Potluck Cafe, 30 W. Hastings St. Vancouver, BC. Please note that the community engagement hours will be cancelled on March 22, 29 and April 5.
  • CEDSAC Facebook Page: 
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