312 Main

Vancouver’s Centre for Social and Economic Innovation

The Jim Green Foundation have helped transform the former Vancouver police headquarters into a pivotal resource for economic and social innovation in Vancouver, BC.

As a collaborative effort, the Jim Green Foundation, Vancity Foundation, and City of Vancouver have worked for six years to reanimate this 100,000 building in Vancouver’s inner city. This creative hub is designed to accommodate groups whose interests lie broadly in social justice, arts, culture , and entrepreneurship.

Offering a spectrum of spaces and helping people connect with each other, 312 Main will strengthen civic life amongst tenants and the local neighbourhood, while building economic opportunities. These opportunities will create employment, encourage skills development, and leverage the impact created by social and technological innovations.

Spaces will suit different needs including open offices and co-working desks, studios, offices, meeting rooms, and vibrant common areas. The main floor is designed to be inclusive to different ideas and interests, where the public and private spheres can readily mingle through formal and informal programming.

Weaving together a set of values-first tenants, the building will help drive social change, and capacity in the neighbourhood, all within the context of growing the creative and cooperative local economy.


  • 2012-2018


  • 312 Main Street, Vancouver