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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.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter:

Matthew Johnson

Vice President, Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

​MATTHEW JOHNSON Vice President & National Practice Leader, Not for Profit Advisory Group (Canada) -Matthew founded the Colliers Not For Profit Practice Group over 12 years ago, and has developed tremendous insight into the internal workings of charities, associations, institutions, educational groups, religious organizations and agencies through multiple similar mandates.  Matthew has built the most successful Not for Profit Group in the country and has been involved in real estate acquisitions/dispositions for such groups as Wellspring, Ronald McDonald House, The Ontario Lung Association, CAW, Renascent Foundation, The York School, and the Salvation Army.  Matthew has also provided leasing related services to such organizations as Plan Canada, VON, UNICEF, The Salvation Army, to name a few.  In addition to the above, Matthew is also actively engaged in projects on behalf of both the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board as well as the United Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada.  Matthew is a member of the Colliers International Educational Services Group that provides advisory services to organizations within the educational field across North America.

Matt is a frequent speaker within the nonprofit community, is a host of a webinar series providing real estate and operational insights to the nonprofit sector, and he has been an presenter to RBC’s National Nonprofit Group and is soon to be a presenter to BDO’s National Nonprofit Group.  Matt’s team also collaborated with other nonprofit industry specialists in the legal, accounting, fundraising and other fields, providing a comprehensive and unparalleled range of tailored services to nonprofit organizations.


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