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Basic Facts to Know About the Vancouver Community

Welcome to Vancouver! We are excited to host you at GEC, and we’d like to give you some important facts about different aspects of living in Vancouver. After reading this Vancouver Newcomers Guide series carefully, you should have all the answers you need. However, feel free to email us if you still have questions about […]

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Animal Cafés in Vancouver

Always wanted to enjoy some coffee while being surrounded by dozens of cute animals? Here’s your chance to live your biggest dreams. Going to school, studying for finals, and preparing projects are stressful. You can take a self-care day by going to an animal café and releasing some stress. Currently, there are three operating animal […]

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How to Use the Peloton Bike

GEC Granville Suites now has a Peloton bike! We recently launched our brand-new workout space at our hotel and one of the biggest highlights is the Peloton. While widely popular, Peloton bike is not your regular gym bike. We explained how to use Peloton in detail. Types of Peloton Rides ARTIST SERIES: Ride to curated […]

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Healthcare and Emergency Info for Vancouver Newcomers

Here is a list of important health and safety information you should know as a newcomer to Vancouver. Information regarding healthcare providers, emergencies, and safety contact numbers should always be saved in your contact list as well as your memory. We explained how to find a healthcare provider, set up your health insurance (MSP), access […]

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Fitness, Food, Fun and Worship for Vancouver Newcomers

Vancouver has many fitness centers, places of worship, restaurants, and several stores to accompany specific dietary restrictions. Check out the list of resources below. While this is not a full list of what’s available, it can give Vancouver newcomers a head start. Fitness and Recreation Centers GEC Viva and GEC Pearson both have gyms open […]

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Cheat Sheet for Newcomers: Settling in Vancouver

We know it can be tough being a newcomer in a different country, or even in a different city. Vancouver is one of the largest cities in Canada, making it accessible for newcomers to reach everything they need. GEC compiled a series of blog posts for you, so you do not need to do any […]

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GEC ile Kanada Valizi: Yanima Neler Almaliyim?

Daha önce hiç Kanada’ya seyahat etmediyseniz, yanınıza neler getirmeniz gerektiğini tahmin edemeyebilirsiniz. Valizinizde limitli yer olduğundan, Kanada’ya giderken neler getirmeniz gerektiğini önceden düşünmeye başlamalısınız. Bazı şeyler Kanada’da Türkiye’de olduğundan çok daha pahalı olabilir. Kanada valizi hazırlarken koymanızı tavsiye ettiğimiz ve Kanada’da pahalı olan şeyleri liste halinde anlattık. Kanada’da İlk Haftanız İçin Unutmamanız Gereken Şeyler Kanada’ya […]

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Pack with GEC: What to Bring to Canada

Preparing to come to Canada from a foreign country may be difficult, especially if you have never visited Canada before. Since you only have limited luggage space, it is beneficial to think about what to bring to Canada with you. Certain items are more expensive in Canada compared to the country you may be travelling […]

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Quick Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work and College

Always feel like you are running errands with no time to think about cooking? We are here to help! We broke down and simplified quick and healthy lunch recipes for work. The recipes require minimal time, and you can go do other things while they cook in the oven. Read our list of healthy easy […]

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Vancouver’da Öğrenci Konaklamanın Tek Adresi – GEC Living

GEC Living Vancouver’da bulunan en büyük özel öğrenci konaklama ve rezidansıdır – GEC olarak en iyi eğitim deneyimini desteklemek için Metro Vancouver bölgesinde bilinen okullara yakın 4 rezidans sunuyoruz. Tamamen eşyalı apartman dairelerimizi aylık kiralayabilirsiniz. Ücretsiz yüksek hızlı Wi-Fi, ücretsiz elektrik, su, ısınma ve spor salonu gibi ek hizmetlerimiz daire fiyatlarımıza dahildir. GEC Rezidanslarımıza yürüme […]

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Vancouver Downtown Things To Do This Weekend

You do not need to live in GEC Viva or GEC Granville to enjoy what Downtown Vancouver has to offer! However, if you are a resident in one of those locations, the chances are that you will get to do these activities a lot more often. Whatever your plans may be this week, set aside […]

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Eco-friendly Living: A Beginner’s Guide

To help save the earth’s resources, we all should consider adjusting some of our daily habits to reduce our environmental impact. It is never too late to learn about starting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Our new GEC Buildings are LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and we proudly support environmentally-conscious living. Keep reading to […]

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Top 10 Easy Hikes in Vancouver

There is nothing comparable to the natural beauty of Vancouver. The parks and green spaces within the city are only a teaser to its captivating wild regions that surround it. We compiled a beginner’s guide to Vancouver hiking in this article. Here are the top 10 easy hikes in Vancouver you must visit: Short Trails […]

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Self Isolation Explained: Definition, Guidelines, and Rules

The pandemic affected everyone regardless of where they live or where they are from, prohibiting tourists, students, and temporary workers from travelling. While airlines began operating and governments eased restrictions relatively in 2021, travelling is still not advised without a non-discretionary purpose in Canada. Travelers who arrive from foreign countries must complete a 14-day self […]

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What’s The Cost Of Living In Vancouver?

Vancouver is perceived to be the most expensive city in Canada for both Canadians and people from foreign countries—Is it a myth or a truth? If the cost of living in Vancouver that high, why is it so popular amongst international students? We answer all your questions and more below. Vancouver is the Second Most […]

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The Community

Oct 18, 2021 Newsletter

Hocus Pocus! Halloween– the season of ghosts, witches, and monsters. They stay locked up in our worst nightmares, but this is their time to come out. If you feel brave, why not pay them a visit at a corn maze?  Visit these locations* at your own discretion (may be too scary for even the bravest of […]

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October 4, 2021 Newsletter

Fall In Love With Your City Fall in Vancouver is here! You know what this means; the days of rainy autumn weather, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters and knitted blankets are coming. The best part of fall though, is observing the trees as they change their colours. We have compiled our favourite spots where you can […]

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September 20, 2021 Newsletter

Welcoming Our Newest Residents As the new school year begins, there are new people joining our community. Newbies, we want to help you make friends! Even if you’ve stayed at GEC for a while, it’s been hard to meet new people because of the provincial restrictions. If you are vaccinated and feel safe to socialize, […]

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September 2, 2021 Newsletter

Get Ready for Back to School Season! Can you believe it’s the beginning of September? This only means one thing… Students are getting ready to go back to school. Fresh new textbooks, a set of binders, a cool haircut, and brand-new classmates. Surely, you haven’t missed the familiar bus route, and with the state that […]

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August 16, 2021 Newsletter

Catch the Tail End of Summer ⭐ Summer in Vancouver has plenty to offer. As we are getting closer to the end of Summer 2021, it’s time to make some more memories! Here are more fun things you can check out in the next few weeks before Fall comes: Eagle Coaster at Cypress Mountain Cultus Lake […]

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August 03, 2021 Newsletter

Happiness is a Three-Day Weekend ⭐ We hope you had a wonderful weekend. Honestly, you are a star for going back to summer school, work, and other commitments after a 3-day long weekend… we don’t know how you do it! We are happy to be back at work because we have an exciting new project […]

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July 19, 2021 Newsletter

Best Restaurants in Vancouver 🍝 Welcome to the exclusive food edition of the GEC Newsletter! If you do not eat a big bowl of pasta on a Saturday night in front of the TV, who are you really? While pasta, noodles, and all the carbs will forever give us comfort, we like to try new foods […]

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July 5, 2021 Newsletter

Hello, July 🌞 Hey folks! Congrats on surviving the hottest weather in Vancouver last week! Please remember BC has a new mandate that bans fireworks, open fires, and campfires across the province to protect our communities, forests, and wildlife. Please take necessary precautions. On a different note, here is what is new with GEC: We recently hosted […]

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June 21, 2021 Newsletter

Is It Really the Summer?🧐 Vancouver weather has been crazy… but it seems like it may have turned around? June has been a busy month for us here at GEC. With scheduling live tours 🎫, planning exciting events for our residents, 🎊 and trying to estimate the crazy Vancouver weather 🌧️, we almost forgot that BC’s […]

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June 7, 2021 Newsletter

🌈 Happy Pride Month! 🌈 Surely, you have noticed June is Pride Month celebrated everywhere— What you may not know though that there is a remarkable history behind all the glitter and rainbows.  Pride month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York. When a gay club in Greenwich Village was invaded by the police, […]

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May 25, 2021 Newsletter

Welcome Back! Victoria Day falls on the last Monday preceding May 25. It was initially celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday and later, celebrated as the official birthday of Canada’s sovereign. We consider Victoria Day to be the beginning of the summer season in Canada. We hope everyone had time to rest during the […]

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May 10, 2021 Newsletter

GEC May Updates May has been an eventful month so far! How has your month been going? GEC Management would like to reminder all residents of the following: Do not grant access (i.e. opening the entrance door) to strangers. Every resident should use their own fob to enter the building.  Please ensure the entrance door has […]

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April 26, 2021 Newsletter

It’s Gonna Be May Here comes the end of April. Although this week is a rainy one, hopefully we can have more sunny days in May. Here are some important dates in May: May 4: Celebrates Star Wars because of the way “May the Fourth” sounds like “May the force [be with you]” May 5: Cinco de Mayo, which […]

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Trinity Western University (TWU)

Are you thinking of attending Trinity Western University? Find out everything you need to know.  Trinity Western University was founded in 1962, and has grown to become Canada’s most recognized Christian university. It is also the biggest liberal arts university in the country.  The school boasts small classroom sizes (the average is 25 students/class) and […]

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April 12, 2021 Newsletter

Happy Monday! We hope you all had an amazing weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine! Cherry blossoms are in full bloom around the city, so we’ve rounded up some hot spots near GEC to check out, so read on for the full list. The photo above shows Cambie Street from GEC Pearson—we can’t wait […]

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March 29, 2021 Newsletter

Hello April! Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer and everything is fresh! There are a lot of things happening in April: April Fool’s Day, Easter, The Vancouver Sun Run, and our Easter Cookies Baking Session! We are also having some fresh things for our residents. To make your living experiences with GEC unforgettable, we hired our current […]

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

Want to study at Kwantlen? You’re in the right place to find everything you need to know.  Kwantlen Polytechnic University formed in 1981 when it separated from Douglas College, and it is the only polytechnic university in Canada. It serves over 20,000 students annually. KPU takes students’ experience and their success very seriously. You will […]

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March 15, 2021 Newsletter

Spring is Almost Here! Can’t believe we are already in the middle of March! Spring is right around the corner and the weather is getting nice. We hope everyone remembered to switch their clocks 1 hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time.  There are a lot of things that happened yesterday. March 14th was Pi Day, which is […]

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Langara College

Langara College was first founded as part of the Vancouver Community College (VCC), before it was established as an independent college in 1994. Langara is highly recognized for its University Studies, Career Studies, and Continuing Studies programs. Each year, 23,000 students attend Langara College. Pros and Cons of Studying at Langara PROS of Studying at […]

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March 1, 2021 Newsletter

Spring is Coming After a long winter, spring is finally coming. The weather is getting warmer… The sun is going down later… We love to see it! 🌞 This week’s newsletter is all about updates! We’ve been working hard to provide new residents with an 11-night self-isolation package (if you know anyone that’s in need), we have been stepping up […]

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February 16, 2021 Newsletter

Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Lunar New Year and we wish you all happiness, health, and prosperity. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, we hosted a red pocket lantern DIY session. Did you know that people hang red lanterns during the Lunar New Year to symbolize happiness and drive out any bad luck? It was nice to see everyone at […]

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February 1, 2021 Newsletter

Happy February We hope you all had a wonderful January and stayed warm and healthy! February is an eventful month, with Chinese New Year on the 12th, Valentine’s Day on the 14th, and Family Day on the 15th. Long weekend! Woo hoo! February is also Black History Month in Canada and the US. Keep reading for more […]

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Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Simon Fraser University formally opened in 1965 and aimed to be Canada’s most community-engaged research university. Currently around 30,000 students attend its three campuses every year, which also includes about 7,000 international students. You’ll have to drive or ride a bus (or hike) up a mountain to arrive at SFU Burnaby, the main university campus. […]

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University of British Columbia (UBC)

If you’re looking for universities to attend in Canada, chances are that you’ve heard of UBC.  UBC is one of the oldest universities in Canada as it recently turned 100 years old. The UBC Vancouver Campus serves 55,990 students – 16,131 of which are international students who come from China, USA, India, South Korea, Brazil, […]

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January 18, 2021 Newsletter

How is everyone’s 2021 so far? Has it been fun, exciting, disappointing, or uncertain? January is the coldest month of the year, so make sure you keep warm and stay healthy.  In the last two weeks, we hosted a virtual Zumba fitness session with Michèlle from West Trek Social Club. It was nice to see everyone turn on […]

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January 4, 2021 Newsletter

Cheers to a New Year! Welcome to our first newsletter in 2021! We hope everyone had a restful holiday break and we wish everyone a healthy and happy 2021. In this upcoming year, we will continue to find new ways to bring our community together with more fun social events, contest giveaways, and exciting opportunities for our […]

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December 14, 2020 Newsletter

Get Ready for the Holidays! There are only 11 sleeps until Christmas! We’re working hard to prepare special goodies for all our residents this holiday, which will be delivered December 21 to 23. Follow us on Instagram @gecliving for a sneak peek of our surprise. Our newsletter will also be taking a break until January 4, so we hope you don’t miss […]

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November 30, 2020 Newsletter

It’s the last day of November and we’re finally stepping into the holiday season! We’re working hard to prepare special goodies for all our residents this winter. Follow us on Instagram @gecliving for a sneak peek of our surprise. We’ll also be sharing easy DIY gift ideas every week, so don’t forget to tag us if you make something nice! We’ll see you there! Talk soon, Danika and […]

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November 16, 2020 Newsletter

As we head into the colder months, we know it’s tempting to crank up the heat, but we’d like to share some energy saving tips to be friendlier to our planet and reduce our energy consumption: Turn off the lights when you’re out of the room. Unplug any chargers that aren’t in use. Bundle up! […]

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November 2, 2020 Newsletter

Happy November! Another month is upon us and we hope everyone remembered to change their clocks backward 1 hour for Daylight Savings Time. Last month, we held a Pumpkin Carving Party with Sala Thai, had an Instagram contest for PNE tickets, hosted an online game of Pictionary, met our residents for pizza, and delivered Halloween goodie bags […]

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October 19, 2020 Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who joined our Pumpkin Carving Party on Thursday! We had so much fun carving with Chef Nok, four time Thailand National Champion in Fruit Carving and head chef at Sala Thai restaurant on Burrard. In case you missed it, the recorded livestream will be posted on our IGTV. We will continue to host events and activities for […]

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September 28, 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the GEC Newsletter! Welcome to our first ever GEC newsletter! This newsletter will be sent every two weeks to give you the latest on upcoming events, activities, opportunities, announcements, and more. We know the last few months have been tough, so we want to connect with you and make your time at GEC the best it […]

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Press

CIBT Subsidiary Announces Plans to Monetize Six GEC Branded Buildings

Vancouver, B.C., April 19, 2021 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive agency agreement between their wholly-owned subsidiary, Global Education City Holdings Inc. (“Global Holdings”), and CBRE Limited (“CBRE”), a leading Canadian real estate brokerage and the top-ranked firm for […]

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CIBT’s GEC Education Mega Center Receives City Council Approval at the Third Public Hearing

Vancouver, B.C., February 23, 2021 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that its flagship project, GEC Education Mega Center®  (the “Project”), received approval from Surrey City Council at the third Public Hearing on February 22, 2021. The Project will now proceed to the Enactment […]

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CIBT’s GEC Education Mega Center® Receives City Council Approval at First and Second Public Hearings

Vancouver, B.C., February 10, 2021 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that its flagship project, GEC Education Mega Center® (the “Project”), received approval from Surrey City Council at the first and second Public Hearings held on February 8, 2021. The Project is scheduled to proceed […]

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CIBT’s GEC® Oakridge Project Receives City Council Public Hearing Approval

Vancouver, B.C., January 20, 2021 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company“) is pleased to report that its subsidiary, GEC Oakridge Acquisition Limited Partnership, received approval for its GEC® Oakridge project (the “Project”) from Vancouver City Council at the Public Hearing held on January 19, 2021. The Project […]

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CIBT Provides Update on GEC King Edward Project

Vancouver, B.C., January 5th, 2021 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on the GEC King Edward® project (the “Project”). In October 2017, GEC King Edward Limited Partnership acquired three parcels of land to develop student-centric rental apartments to be combined with allocated […]

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CIBT Education Group Reports C$7M Investment Commitment for GEC Oakridge

Vancouver, B.C., December 1, 2020 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that an investor has agreed to invest a total of $7 million in two tranches into the GEC® Oakridge project. The first tranche of $3.5 million has closed, with the second tranche to close […]

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CIBT Group Provides Update on its GEC® Branded Real Estate Portfolio

Vancouver, B.C., November 3rd, 2020 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”), a leading education and student housing provider, is pleased to provide an update on its GEC®  branded real estate portfolio. The total GEC® branded portfolio comprises 11 projects, 16 buildings and over 1.5 million square feet of net […]

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CIBT Subsidiary Completes the Acquisition of the 15th and 16th GEC® Branded Buildings for $48.5 Million

Vancouver, B.C., October 27th, 2020 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its newest subsidiary limited partnership, GEC® Marine Gateway Limited Partnership (“Project 11”), has completed the acquisition of two residential rental buildings collectively called GEC® Marine Gateway (“MC1 and MC2”) located at the corner […]

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CIBT CONFIRMS SUBJECT REMOVAL ON THE SALE OF A GEC® PROJECT FOR $55.5 MILLION

Vancouver, B.C. July 20th, 2018 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that one of the real estate limited partnerships in which it holds an interest has executed a subject removal agreement pertaining to the sale of one of the GEC® branded Vancouver properties (the […]

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GEC® FLAGSHIP PROJECT IN RICHMOND RECEIVES THIRD READING APPROVAL

Vancouver, B.C., July 23rdth, 2018 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that one of its real estate investment projects (the “Project”), to be located in Richmond, BC has received Third Reading approval by Richmond City Council. The approvals are based on a community development plan […]

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CIBT REPORTS COMPLETION OF $15 MILLION EQUITY RAISE FOR GLOBAL EDUCATION CITY (RICHMOND) PROJECT

Vancouver, BC – April 30, 2018 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (“CIBT” or the “Company”) (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) is pleased to report the successful completion by Global Education City (Richmond) II Limited Partnership of the phase II $15 million equity raise for Global Education City® (Richmond), the eighth GEC® location, described in CIBT’s news […]

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CIBT INCREASES OWNERSHIP INTEREST IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER GEC® PROJECT

Vancouver, B.C. March 19th, 2018 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that pursuant to the Company’s news release of January 24th, 2018, it has completed the buy-out of the former majority owner of the limited partnership that owned one of the GEC® branded downtown Vancouver […]

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CIBT REPORTS REFERRAL FEE AGREEMENTS TO RAISE $60 MILLION FOR NEW FLAGSHIP PROJECT

Vancouver, BC – March 12th, 2018 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) is pleased to announce that one of its real estate investment limited partnerships (the “LP”) has entered into referral fee agreements with a real estate development group (the “Group”) for an equity raise of up to $60 million for a […]

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CIBT ARRANGES SALE OF GROUND FLOOR COMMERCIAL STRATA UNITS OF GEC® BURNABY HEIGHTS

Vancouver, BC – March 7th, 2018 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) is pleased to announce that one of its real estate investment limited partnerships has entered into a formal Purchase and Sale Agreement to sell four commercial ground floor units at GEC® Burnaby Heights for $6 million.  The closing is expected […]

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CIBT Signs Memorandum of Understanding to build GEC Education Mega Center for $230 Million

Vancouver, B.C., September 7th, 2016 – CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the WestStone Group, a leading real estate development company in Western Canada, to construct the GEC Education Mega Center in Surrey, B.C. The […]

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GEC Burnaby Heights Limited Partnership Offering Fully Subscribed

March 15th, 2016 Vancouver, BC: CIBT Education Group Inc. (“CIBT”) (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) is pleased to report that pursuant to its news release dated December 10th 2015 entitled “CIBT Subsidiary Expands Student Housing Portfolio to Burnaby Heights”, the offering of limited partnership units relating to the GEC Burnaby Heights project have been fully […]

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CIBT Education Group Acquires New Student Housing Property in Metro Vancouver

As part of a three-year student housing project led by CIBT Education Group Inc., the education management company has acquired two additional properties in Central Vancouver. This property follows CIBT Education Group’s acquisition and successful launch of Viva Suites Hotel in the first quarter of 2015. The housing project aims to cater to the growing number of international […]

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CIBT Unveils Fully Furnished Viva Suites for Metro Vancouver’s Education Sector

July 15th, 2015: CIBT Education Group Inc. (TSX: MBA, OTCQX International: MBAIF) (“CIBT”) is pleased to report that it has completed the first phase of renovations to its Viva Tower project which boosted the number of available market rental beds to 90 from the originally designed 35 beds. CIBT is now proceeding to Phase 2 […]

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