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Community Capacity Building and Support

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Burnaby operates on a philosophy of citizen participation, whether on the part of individuals, community groups, or local business associations.


The Citizens’ Plaza pavers at Burnaby City Hall are a unique community project to celebrate the City and its citizens, while raising funds to benefit Burnaby-based registered charities.

Community Grants

Through its Community Grants Program, the Financial Management Committee of Council awards grants to non-profit, cultural, athletic and volunteer assistance groups which provide a service, promote activities, or host events that are beneficial to Burnaby.

Community Resource Centres

The City of Burnaby owns six Community Resource Centres (see page 27), and several other properties, which provide affordable office and programming space for non-profit groups serving the local community. Non-profit tenants of resource centre space may be eligible for a lease grant to offset lease costs. Although turnover of space at the Resource Centres is rare, inquiries about space availability, eligibility criteria and the application process can be directed to

Free Meeting Space in the Community

A number of organization in Burnaby offer free or low cost meeting space to non-profit groups. Download the list. To update this document, please contact