New Headquarters for Canada’ Largest Private Sector Union

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Growth requires move from ideal space

Unifor is Canada's largest private sector union, with more than 315,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy. Having outgrown their fully-owned corporate headquarters in Toronto, Unifor’s new space needed to be approximately three times the size of its current office. The existing space was ideal in many ways: bright and modern and fully accessible by transit. Unifor also valued the exposure their current office had on one of the country's busiest highways.

Understanding client’s needs, delivering the best solution

When Matthew Johnson of Colliers’ Not-for-Profit Advisory Group began working with Unifor to discuss the possibilities of the new space, they considered relocation as well as construction of a brand-new facility. After compiling benchmarking information and consulting key stakeholders, a clear set of requirements for the new headquarters became clear. Unifor's unique nature as a not-for-profit entity also required special consideration of tax status, discretion and other non-profit specific needs.

Today, Unifor calls a 144,000 square foot facility in North York home; one that the Not-for-Profit Advisory Group found for them off-market, and below market value. The headquarters features landmark visibility on that very same highway, proudly reinforcing the prominence of the Unifor brand.


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Matthew Johnson

Senior Vice President I Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

​Throughout my career, I have been passionate about the development of real estate strategies and helping significant organizations optimize their facilities.  Each entity that we advise is unique, and our strategies are tailored to meet the business and operational requirements of each individual client.  We understand that most of our clients have unique facility and property needs, and we have developed extensive technical knowledge as a result.  Working with many organizations in the med-tech field, as well as prominent charitable and insitutional organizations with sensitive populations within their facilities requires that our knowledge goes well beyond an understanding of the real estate market - we prioritize understanding the busines of our clients and the needs of their clients.  We understand that the people whom drive the success and productivity of our client organizations are their most important assets.  Our strategies are built to ensure that our clients' people thrive and enjoy their work environments.

I have had the privilege to work with talented people at leading organizations in various sectors including Think Research, Synaptive Medical, eSight, Perimeter Medical Imaging, Ronald McDonald House, Plan International Canada, Unifor, Toronto Lands Corporation, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, Durham District School Board, Toronto United Church Council, and many others.  My team's diverse experience with occupiers in both the private and public sector provides me with a broad perspective built upon an extensive foundation of real estate knowledge, allowing me to deliver the highest level of service to my clients. 

To learn more about our team's specialized service offering, and technical knowledge, please contact me at (416) 643.3754, or feel free to email me any time at matthew.johnson@colliers.com.

 

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