During this time of office closure, due to COVID-19, we are unable to offer access to external groups to our premises for their meetings. We are in the process of notifying organizations who have bookings for our meeting rooms; we will not be accepting new bookings until further notice.
Our People's Law School space at 900 Howe Street in Vancouver has two meeting rooms that we are pleased to make available to others in the community, on the terms set out here.
Purpose and conditions of use
The meeting rooms are made available to individuals and groups whose primary purpose is to provide public legal education and legal information. Community use will be permitted when the facilities are not required for the programs and meetings of People's Law School.
The meeting rooms are available only to individuals, groups and organizations whose programs are consistent with the intent of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the British Columbia Human Rights Code.
Priority of use
To achieve the most effective use of rooms and to ensure that the interests of the community are properly served, the following priorities of use have been established. Priority for use of the classroom and of the boardroom shall be given to programs and meetings of People's Law School. After that, the order of priority shall be (in descending order of priority):
- Programs and meetings of Seniors First BC and the British Columbia Library Association. As between these organizations, priority shall be given on a first come, first served basis.
- Programs and meetings of not-for-profit public legal education and information organizations and groups. As among these organizations, priority shall be given on a first come, first served basis.
- Programs and meetings of not-for-profit community organizations. As among these organizations, priority shall be given on a first come, first served basis.
- Others, such as commercial organizations.
Hours of use
Our meeting rooms are available during the hours of 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, statutory holidays excepted. In special circumstances, groups may rent outside these hours of operation. Please contact People's Law School for additional information.
There are two categories of rates to rent the meeting rooms:
- Not-for-profit groups
- Commercial organizations
The rate structure is:
|Meeting room||Charge for not-for-profit groups||Charge for commercial organizations|
|Classroom||Free*||$75/hr* ($500/day maximum)|
|Boardroom||Free*||$50/hr* ($325/day maximum)|
*Rates quoted are for the open hours of People’s Law School, 9am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday, statutory holidays excepted. Staff costs and other cost recovery charges will apply for all groups renting space outside the hours of operation of People’s Law School. For commercial organizations: People’s Law School requires full payment in advance of use of room. Payment by cheque or cash (in person) only. People’s Law School will issue a receipt for payment. Rates do not include GST.
Conditions of use
Permission to use these facilities does not imply any endorsement of the aims, policies or activities of any group or individual. No games of chance, including bingo and lotteries, are permitted. Charitable fundraising is not permitted on People’s Law School property unless authorized by the Board of People’s Law School. Due to limitations of space and adequate facilities, birthday parties, receptions, weddings and similar social events cannot be accommodated. Sales of goods are not permitted on the premises. Individuals or groups renting People’s Law School meeting rooms agree to comply with the liquor licensing laws of the province of British Columbia, as applicable.
Denial of use
People’s Law School reserves the right to deny or cancel a booking as may be determined by the following statements:
- use will be denied for a purpose or action that is contrary to the law
- use will be denied when there is deemed to be a misrepresentation by the individual or group renting the meeting room(s)
- use will be denied where there is a likelihood of physical hazard to participants or audiences or a misuse of premises or equipment
Past misuse or non-payment of fees is sufficient grounds for denial of an application.
There are two meeting rooms at People's Law School, our classroom and our boardroom.
TV and technology
Each meeting room has:
- a flatscreen TV, with HDMI connector to plug into a laptop computer
- wireless internet connection
As well, if you request a minimum one week in advance of your meeting, we may be able to provide at no charge:
- laptop computer
- speaker phone (for direct dial calls; you must provide a conference call number for conference calls)
Setup instructions are provided, but it is your responsibility to do the setup, and to ensure that any additional equipment is compatible with People's Law School equipment.
Washrooms are easily accessed from both meeting rooms. A small staff kitchen can be used for storing food items. A fridge and microwave are available; please provide your own dishes and cutlery.
Making a booking
For individuals and groups who have previously booked a People's Law School meeting room, call 604-331-5400 to make a new booking.
If you are booking a People's Law School meeting room for the first time, please complete our meeting room booking form and submit it no later than seven days prior to the date you wish to book the facilities. We will notify you regarding your eligibility to rent the facilities and on room availability. Note our hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm. We are closed on weekends and statutory holidays.
For commercial organizations: People's Law School requires full payment in advance of use of a meeting room. Payment by cheque or cash (in person) only. People's Law School will issue a receipt for payment.