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Vancouver's Centre for Social & Economic Innovation

Community
Based

Socially
Engaged

Creatively
Innovative

Culturally
Vibrant

Our Vision

We are building a Global Center for Economic and Social Innovation, rooted in Vancouver’s inner city. 312 Main will be home to a dynamic community of entrepreneurs, artists and organizations committed to economic and social democracy, empowering one another – and the neighbourhood they are part of – to thrive. Collectively, we will break down barriers.

We are building Canada’s largest and most inclusive coworking community.

A creative union is emerging out of the exceptional mix of community members and partners. Although our interests are diverse, we value collaboration over competition, working together toward ambitious and measurable social and economic impact.

Project Core Values:

Dynamic and inclusive community space
Diversity, our strength

The path to achieving our vision requires us to create a space that enables:

  • Systemic change
  • Growth opportunities
  • Achievement
  • Community impact
  • Reconciliation
  • An entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Collaboration and sharing
  • Democratic engagement

This project also subscribes to the internationally recognized Core Values of Coworking:

Community, Collaboration, Openness, Accessibility and Sustainability.

The 312 Main project will continue to grow to become a sustainable symbol of excellence and of restorative change in the DTES community and around the world.

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The Space

Renovations are currently underway to provide;

Basement

Production Studios

  • Artist Work Studios
  • Collective & Maker Spaces
  • Sound Studios
  • Creative Exhibition Spaces

Ground Floor

The Gathering Place

  • Community Event Spaces
  • Meeting & Training Rooms
  • Public Washrooms
  • Art Gallery, Café & Lounges

2nd Floor

Coworking Community

  • Shared Kitchen & Lounges
  • Coworking Desks
  • Shared Meeting Rooms
  • Small Private Offices

Floors 3 - 6

For larger organizations

  • Co-location Spaces
  • Shared Kitchens & Lounges
  • Shared Meeting Rooms
  • Private Offices

312 Main is projected to open to the public in the Fall of 2017.

The Project

The 312 Main project will re-animate more than 100,000 sq ft of community space in Vancouver’s DTES. We are committed to ensuring the project serves the needs of local residents, community organizations and 312 Main members. After initial capital investments the project will be financially self-supporting and all project surpluses will be reinvested to benefit the members and the community.

We are committed to providing;

  • Community event & workshop programming
  • Arts & cultural festivals and exhibitions
  • Access to free WiFi via community access points
  • Accessible, public, gender-neutral washrooms
  • Traditional and low-barrier employment opportunities
  • Local purchasing and partnership opportunities
  • Services and support for small businesses
  • Affordable Health and Dental Benefits for independent workers

312 Main is not just a space FOR you, we are building a community WITH you.

To date, over 250 organizations and individuals have expressed interest in and have helped to shape this project.

Have an idea? Want to participate?
We want to hear from you!