Good Morning Everyone,

We hope you all have a lovely day. Please read on below for the Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee's (CEDSAC) first ever newsletter. We will be continuing to send a newsletter out the 15th of every month. For those of you waiting on the event brief from the Retail Research Forum, please find the link in the newsletter, under Downtown Eastside Community Events.

Have a great day,
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CEDSAC Updates

Welcome to CEDSAC's first newsletter submission. We are excited to keep you all informed as we continue to progress in our work throughout 2017 and 2018.

See what we have been up to lately:

CEDSAC Working Group Updates & Meeting Times:

Our Community Benefit Agreement Working Group met on January 26th and had City of Vancouver's Social Planning staff,Thien Phan present on the City's Community Benefit Agreement policy. The CBA Working Group will be planing its next meeting for early March, and will be meeting with Jeff Waters, EllisDon's Integration Coordinator for the PARQ Casino development, and the PARQ Casino ownership team.

CEDSAC has four working groups; Community Benefit Agreement Working Group, Poverty Reduction Advocacy Working Group, Retail Gentrification and Social Inclusion Working Group, DTES Aboriginal and Youth Leadership Working Group, and we are currently coordinating a fifth group, the Social Procurement Roundtable.

Please see the dates below for our upcoming working group meetings. If you are interested in joining any of our working groups, please contact the CED Coordinator.

The Poverty Reduction Advocacy Working Group
Thursday Feb. 16th 2pm-4pm
Mezzanine Room at The Amp Office (2nd floor)
425 Carrall St. Vancouver, Buzz 9050

The Retail Gentrification & Social Inclusion Working Group
Wednesday Feb. 22nd 2pm-4pm
Mezzanine Room at The Amp Office (2nd floor)
425 Carrall St. Vancouver, Buzz 9050

Quickstart Project Updates

Binners' Project Community Cart Pilot:  
The Binners' Project received funding via CEDSAC to complete a universal cart design for the Community Cart Pilot. Here are some updates on the project so far:

The Binners’ Project has hired a part-time admin & operation staff for 5 months to help with the cart Phase 1 (Jan-June 2017) and Phase 2 (July 2017-July 2018) planning. Volunteers and staff are now meeting bi-weekly at SFU Radius. The team is working at all three levels: Community Consultations planning, Community partnering, and fundraising for the cart pilot Stage 2.

Community Consultations
We are now in the process of organising the next 3 community consultations that will take place on the following dates and place:
  • March 2 - 5:30pm-8:30pm | Drop in Space at UBC Learning Exchange
  • May 15 -  5:30pm-8:30pm | Drop in Space at UBC Learning Exchange
  • June 14 - 5:30pm-8:30pm | Drop in Space at UBC Learning Exchange
These consultations are for community members and by-invitation only (honoraria provided) – please send a request to Davin ( or Anna ( if you know someone that would be a good addition to the group. We are especially looking for people that are/have been recently homeless, and aboriginal street artists to complete our group currently made mostly of binners and street vendors. 

Partner Organisations 
We haven’t (officially) approached any community organisations or businesses yet, but we will do so in the next couple of months. We are working on a more concrete plan before we start involving other groups for partnership.

Anna is working with a professional fundraiser on a fundraising and communication strategy for the Community Cart pilot. This is an important part of the work until June. The Binners’ Project will need to meet the cart’s funding target by June in order to go-ahead with Year 1 of the pilot. We will be seeking for sponsorships, individual & corporate donations, as well as public funding for this pilot. 

Low Income Entrepreneur Needs Assessment Study (LENA Project): 

The LENA project, which began a month ago, received funding via CEDSAC and is coordinated by the LEDlab, with staff members Nicole Luongo and Davin Boutang conducting the research. The team is working hard and are well on their way to reaching their goal of speaking to 100 residents and community organizations. Here are some updates on the project so far:

  • The LENA community advisory committee meets once a month. The team is excited by the knowledge and insight that the committee members have shared so far.
  • The project has primarily focused on the barriers that micro-entrepreneurs might be facing in terms of income generation.
  • The study is moving into the solution-based stage of the project, in the next month the team will be conducting a series of focus groups with local micro-entrepreneurs who are using their creativity and resourcefulness to generate income in various ways.
  • The project's goal is to complete the month with several concrete ideas for policy interventions and community-based innovations that the team can begin to explore with residents-participants.
  • The team is also working on a categorization system of micro-entrepreneurship and will be testing ideas for how they might facilitate better community integration and collaboration among different forms of income generation.


Downtown Eastside Community Events

On January 18th CEDSAC co-hosted an event along with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden titled the DTES Community Retail Research Forum. 

We had a full room and sold out event. All the presenters did a wonderful job showcasing their research and responding to questions, the discussion was very lively. Many key concerns were raised by the community about retaining and protecting low income serving retail and important cultural assets. Suggestions were made on actions that CEDSAC and the City of Vancouver can take to meet the retail priorities of the DTES community.

Learn more about the event by clicking on the link in the picture below.

*Note: There will be a Chinese translated event brief sent separately, once it is received. Thanks for your patience.

Upcoming events in the community 
Read about highlights from the DTES Community Retail Research Forum here:
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 begin on Feb. 22nd.
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