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The Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) was established in 1966 and is a leader in applied social research, social policy analysis and community development approaches to social justice. Our mission is to work with communities in building a just and healthy society for all. We are a non-partisan, registered non-profit society and a federally registered charity. We are a provincial organization with over 16,000 members, governed by a Board of Directors that is representative of all regions of British Columbia.

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Mission & Values

SPARC BC works with communities to build a just and healthy society for all. Our definition of “just and healthy” is based on...

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Why Support SPARC BC?

Many people are surprised to learn that SPARC BC is NOT a government agency and receives NO government funding for the Parking Permit Program...

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Location and Hours

SPARC BC location and hours of service:
4445 Norfolk Street
Burnaby, BC V5G 0A7 (Get PDF Directions)


Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays


For general inquiries:
Telephone: 604-718-7733
Fax: 604-736-8697


For parking permit inquiries:
Telephone: 604-718-7744
Fax: 604-736-8697
Toll Free within British Columbia: 1-888-718-7794


SPARC BC Accessibility and Enforcement Line: 604-718-7734

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