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Our Social Initiatives

At Killam,

our definition of success includes the amount of good we can do for our people, our community, and our planet. Like any business, revenue and profit matter to us – but unlike many businesses, we measure our value by more than just a balance sheet. When you rent with Killam, you play a part in making a difference in so many ways.

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Our Communities

YWCA delivering educational programming for New Canadians
YWCA delivering educational programming for New Canadians

YWCA delivering educational programming for New Canadians within Killam’s Glenforest community, at its on-site Community Centre

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    Killam Apartment REIT has been a tremendous partner of YWCA Halifax, supporting our housing programs for women experiencing homelessness, our employment programs for women moving out of poverty, our newcomer programs for women recently arrived to Canada, as well as our organization more broadly as a donor and contributor. As our Housing Manager once said, “It’s like Killam staff are a part of our housing team.

    — Miia Suokonautio, Executive Director, YWCA Halifax

Killam is Active in Our Communities

As a leading organization with an exceptional culture, Killam has a responsibility to maximize the social impact alongside earnings by supporting the community. In 2020 Killam contributed financially with:

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Our Housing Programs

Killam has a Community Involvement Committee that monitors all aspects of the REIT's community involvement and charitable efforts on an ongoing basis. Providing affordable units, along with donating units to hospitals, has always been important to Killam.

Since 2008, Killam has been actively involved in, and is nationally recognized as a leader in, Supported Housing Programs providing more than 750 subsidized units to previously under-housed individuals. Additionally, Killam has donated 11 fully furnished units to hospitals as part of Killam’s “Home Away From Home” program providing comfortable accommodation to families as they support loved ones through treatment.

Our Partner, Shelter Nova Scotia

Our Partner, Shelter Nova Scotia

Our Partner, Ronald McDonald House

Our Partner, Ronald McDonald House

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    Since Shelter Nova Scotia began our Supportive Housing Program in 2010, Killam Properties was our first and primary partner. Over the years we have worked together to house many people experiencing homelessness. Partnerships like these ensure people have access to safe and appropriate housing, with supports in place to promote housing stability. We are grateful for what we have achieved together.

    — Melissa Phillips, Director of Homelessness, Shelter NS
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    Ronald McDonald House Charities® Atlantic is incredibly fortunate for the generous support of Killam Properties. The suite they provide RMHC® Atlantic helps ensure that families with sick or immune-compromised children requiring long-term stays in Halifax have a place to call home while their child is receiving hospital care. Killam Properties’ support continues to have a lasting and meaningful impact on the well-being of our visiting families.
     

    — Alison Cogdon, Director of Programs, Ronald McDonald House Charities® Atlantic
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Our Community Spaces

One of Killam’s five core values is “Build Community”. Thus, it should come as no surprise that building active and vibrant communities within its properties is key.

Whether it be festive Christmas parties, summer BBQs or regular monthly socials, Killam residents are made to feel at home. During 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, Killam provided “Creative Solutions” to ensure properties maintained a sense of community while adhering to Public Health guidelines. In-person events were replaced with contact-free engagements such as door hangers, drive-by events, coloring contests, and gift basket draws.

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    After five years at The Plaza, I would like to express my appreciation to Killam for the various social activities offered to the tenants. My granddaughters participated in the seasonal parties hosted by the resident managers and had fun every time. I looked forward to attending the pot luck suppers held in the lounge which gave those that attended an opportunity to chat and share a meal. My all time favorite was the yoga classes, held twice a week for six weeks/twice a year. Scattered in between were various exercise workouts which I normally would not have had the opportunity to try. So I would have to say, there's always something entertaining happening at The Plaza!

    — Shirley Hoganson, Fredericton, NB
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    I have been a resident of Williams court for nearly three years. My changed circumstances suggested a move to a different apartment would be appropriate. The Williams Court leasing department assisted my search. Once an appropriate apartment became available, Jessica of leasing couldn’t have been more helpful with all aspects of the move. I greatly appreciated her assistance and would recommend her to prospective clients without reservation.

    Killam sponsors several tenant events over the course of the year. For example, the BBQ held each summer, is a special event held out in the large courtyard where residents  are invited to enjoy food, drinks and rousing music. The weekly coffee mornings are also a great way for residents to get together and socialize. So as you can see Killam is doing its very best to make all of us feel valued and welcome.

    — CPH18 – Diana Pilsworth, Kanata, ON
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Our Residents

As part of the care for tenants, we have also implemented the Tenant Assistance program in 2009. The program focuses on Killam tenants who have fallen on or are facing some challenging times, be it health related or loss of work, and could simply “use a little break.”

Property Managers submit a rent relief request through Killam’s Charity and Community Giving Committee where the application is reviewed. Typically, qualifying tenants receive anywhere between one and six months of rent relief.

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87% Satisfied With Killam As Landlord
89% Satisfaction with Condition of Apartment
83% Satisfaction with Resident Manager
87% Would Recommend to Family & Friends
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Our Culture

Killam has a strong, vibrant culture supported by our five Core Values.

Build CommunityCurb AppealDo the right thingStrong customer relationshipsCreative solutions

The communication and connection amongst all of our levels of Killam employees is the foundation of our strong culture. We meet at staff events, social occasions, training opportunities, visits from head office to different regions.

Killam’s Core Values serve as important criteria in the recruitment of employees. Cultural alignment is incorporated in Killam's annual performance management process and continues with every employee event. Employees are recognized for demonstrating exceptional cultural alignment through a formal recognition program. Here are some employee comments from the 2020 employee survey:

Killam’s exceptional culture has also been publicly recognized.

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Our Employees

Killam’s success is attributable to the hard work and dedication of our people. Our more than 700 employees exemplify Killam’s Core Values and are the key to resident satisfaction. Killam supports its employees at work and in their communities in many ways including educational programs for staff and their families, employee unit purchase plans, counseling assistance programs and more.

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(1) 2020 Employee Survey Results