The CNIB's Victoria office is not on the auction block.
Despite rumours, the CNIB is not actively engaged in an exercise to sell off its assets, said John Mulka, the CNIB’s executive director for B.C. and the Yukon.
However, the organization, which offers community-based support, knowledge and a national voice for blind and partially sighted Canadians, has said it is considering the suitability of all of its properties, including the CNIB’s Victoria location at the corner of Bay Street and Richmond Avenue.
“Similar to all of our CNIB properties from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, we are reviewing the property for its suitability to ensure its location is relevant, appropriate and most importantly easily accessible for our clients, along with ensuring the layout and square footage is the right mix for our service delivery needs,” Mulka said in an email.
Reviews, like the one being done at the Victoria location, have in the past found some facilities have been too large for their purposes, which has led to the CNIB looking at leasing space to other groups or selling buildings and looking for smaller locations.
“With regards to our Victoria property, we are in the process of gathering, reviewing and assessing a number of information items,” said Mulka.
He also noted the review process is just good business and ensures the CNIB is located in the “proper locations for easy access of our client base and ensuring we are effectively and cost efficiently using our space to its maximum potential.”
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