Fraser Academy building on tree-lined street

City extends land lease for school serving children with dyslexia

Fraser Academy has helped so many children learn and grow over the years, and now thanks to the hard work of all of Council this school will be able to expand in order to welcome even more children through its doors.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart

March 30 2021 –

Vancouver City Council has agreed in principle to the extension of a lease that will allow Fraser Academy, a school that supports children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, to remain at their current site on West 10th Avenue.

Lease extension to July 2030

The lease extension, which will be brought to Council for approval this summer, will ensure the Academy can remain at the site until July 2030. Staff and the Academy are also negotiating conditions of an agreement that will pave the way for a minimum 60-year ground lease that, subject to approval by Council, would allow the Academy to redevelop the site as an expanded school, along with the development of a non-profit childcare facility.

“This is a win for kids and a win for our city,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “Fraser Academy has helped so many children learn and grow over the years, and now thanks to the hard work of all of Council this school will be able to expand in order to welcome even more children through its doors.”

“Our heartfelt thanks go to Council and the City of Vancouver for their vision in supporting kids with dyslexia and language-based learning differences,” said Maureen Steltman, Head of Fraser Academy. “As a result, we will be able to expand our programs, including outreach, early intervention, and most importantly, teacher training.”

About Fraser Academy

Fraser Academy, which is a non-profit society and charity, currently provides specialized support and school for 350 students each year.

In the coming months, City staff will work with the Academy to confirm a plan that supports the Academy's vision to create a Centre for Dyslexia and Community Literacy that increases public access to programs and community benefit for all children with language-based learning disabilities. 

Staff will update Council on the progress of this plan in summer 2021.