First Capital is the first Canadian Retail REIT to Receive the WELL Health-Safety Rating

Over the past year and a half, the real estate industry has faced unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19. In our efforts, we’ve worked to protect our employees, tenants, and customers, with a primary focus of maintaining a safe environment.

In a proactive response to making our properties as safe and healthy as possible, First Capital REIT (FCR) is proud to announce that we have achieved the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations & Management from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). This rating has been granted to 35 of our buildings across Canada, comprised of shopping centres, mixed-used properties, and office spaces, totalling 7.1 million sf. As a leader in the Canadian retail REIT sector, achieving this rating is a reflection of First Capital’s implementation of exceptional operational strategies and protocols to support and advance a healthy and safe environment in our public indoor spaces.

What is the WELL Health-Safety Rating?

Developed by IWBI and launched in June 2020, the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management, is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all public building types. The rating is given to those who engage in specific cleaning and sanitization procedures, air and water quality management, operational policies, emergency preparedness programs, and health services. By leveraging the insights and guidance from over 600 experts across the globe, the WELL Health-Safety Rating helps building owners prepare their shared spaces for the highest standards of health and safety now and into the future.

FCR’s proactive efforts to earn the WELL Health-Safety Rating is a function of our ongoing leadership and commitment to support the health and safety of our employees, tenants, customers, and communities. The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have made this even more important, and we have responded by further implementing additional operational strategies and protocols of the highest standards. We are proud that the hard work of our team and our purpose of creating thriving neighbourhoods has been recognized through the first WELL rating amongst Canada’s retail REITs.

– Adam Paul, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Capital REIT

Congratulations to First Capital REIT for taking extraordinary steps to prioritize the health and safety of those who live, work or shop in their properties. By addressing the immediate challenges related to the COVID-19 now and broader health and age-related issues into the future, First Capital has reinforced its leadership in creating thriving urban neighborhoods in Canada, and its achievement of the WELL Health-Safety rating will further support a healthy, resilient recovery while inspiring others to reopen with confidence.

– Rachel Hodgdon, President and Chief Executive Officer, International WELL Building Institute

Our ESG 2020-2024 Roadmap aligns our efforts and initiatives across our organization, with goals to have positive impacts in our communities and neighbourhoods – this WELL rating is a significant milestone in this commitment. Be sure to keep an eye out for the WELL Health-Safety seal at the FCR properties listed below:

FCR Shopping Centres

Cedarbrae Mall Toronto, ON
Centre Commercial Beaconsfield Montreal, QC
Centre Domaine Montreal, QC
Chartwell Shopping Centre Toronto, ON
Centre Commercial Cote St. Luc Montreal, QC
Fairview Mall St. Catherines, ON
Galeries Normandie Montreal, QC
Gloucester Shopping Centre Ottawa, ON
Meadowlark Shopping Centre Edmonton, AB
Meadowvale Shopping Centre Mississauga, ON
Merivale Mall Ottawa, ON
Northgate Centre Edmonton, AB
Parkway Mall Toronto, ON
Place Portobello Brossard, QC
Semiahmoo Shopping Centre Surrey, BC
Stanley Park Mall Kitchener, ON
Westmount Shopping Centre Edmonton, AB
Whitby Mall Whitby, ON
Yorkville Village Toronto, ON

FCR Mixed-Use

71 King Street West Toronto, ON
100 rue Peel Montreal, QC
101 Yorkville Avenue Toronto, ON
225 rue Peel Montreal, QC
The Brewery District Edmonton, AB
Mount Royal Block Calgary, AB
Mount Royal Village Calgary, AB
Mount Royal West Calgary, AB
Place Viau Montreal, QC

FCR Office

Victoria Terrace Toronto, ON
85 Hanna Avenue Toronto, ON
801 York Mills Road Toronto, ON
1670 Bayview Avenue Toronto, ON
3080 Yonge Street Toronto, ON
Barrymore Building Toronto, ON
Centre Wilderton Montreal, QC