Wiser Projects and Development Society embraces development and community planning projects of all sizes to realize their goals in the public, private, Indigenous and non-profit sectors.
We are a women-owned and led planning and development company. Our B-corp certification and affiliated non-profit organization (Wiser Development Society) demonstrate our continued commitment to social, environmental, fiscal, and corporate responsibility and transparency. We are not investors in our projects but the biggest cheerleaders and champions of them.
"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody."
Rebecca MersereauOpen bio
"A land full of places that are not worth caring about may soon be a nation and a way of life that is not worth defending."
Sarah MurrayOpen bio
"Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can not eat money"
Jody MartensOpen bio
"The city is not a problem, but a solution…a focal point of human energy, ingenuity, and creativity."
Olivia McMahonOpen bio
Crafting Community Development through Collaboration
Need help scoping out the scale of your project? Generating ideas about the next use of your property, aging asset, or new project? Identifying value-aligned partners to support the design and construction of your project? Understanding the local planning and cultural context? Our development management team is always seeking projects to support.
Project Planning & Management
We can start wherever you are – with an existing project or with a simple scope of work for your project to ensure your work is done in a way that meets your current and potential future needs. Feasibility analyses, business plans, capital and operating budgets, partnership agreements, municipal approvals? We have experience in the entire life-cycle of project planning and execution.
We thrive of building trust-based and value-aligned relationships. Transparency and collaboration are key to realizing project and community success.
Consultation & Engagement
Development projects of any size require community, Indigenous, and stakeholder consultation. Let us help you determine the most appropriate and effective ways to connect with those impacted and interested in your project. As professional planners, we understand the regulatory requirements for consultation and engagement and best practices.
In 2021-2023, we undertook over five dozen virtual, in-person and hybrid engagement events for our projects during pre-development and application review.
Funding, Financing & Investing
We are experienced with a wide variety of funders and financers including BC Housing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), Green Municipal Fund, credit unions, and conventional lenders. We can help turn your back of the envelop budget into detailed capital and operating budgets, determine appropriate rents, and develop the proformas required to receive the financing you need. We are also experienced and successful in the initial grants required to assist your project in moving from concept to the financing stage.
In 2021-2023, we accessed over 70M in non-repayable grants for our clients and over 150M in financing.
Community & Comprehensive Planning
As accredited planners and project managers, we can assist with navigating Indigenous and non-Indigenous, municipal, provincial and federal regulatory and permitting requirements for the social, environmental, design and financial components of your project. We can provide guidance on requirements and best practices for all of your planning and development needs: housing needs assessments, policies and procedures, age-friendly assessments, rezonings, development permits, building permits, public hearings, and environmental approvals.
In 2021-2023, we submitted municipal applications for over 1250 units of housing across Vancouver Island.
Strategic Planning & Asset Management
We can develop staff, stakeholder, and community training and education programs for your organization and project. We strive to build in-house capacity for clients through all the work we do.
Strategic planning, visioning, goal and objective setting are all necessary first steps before undertaking a project of any scale.
In 2021-2023, we supported over fifteen non-profit entities with strategic planning, asset management, and organizational development work.