We develop beautiful
and affordable student
and rental housing.

Building Quality. Of Life.TM
About us

We are unlike any other real estate development firm because

Our focus is student housing developments, a market-enduring category.
We thoroughly invest to understand every singular detail of a renter, giving us exclusive and privileged insights.
We start the development process by designing from the inside out, starting with everyday living items.
Our multidisciplinary teams manage the entire process in-house from A-to-Z, thus optimizing every element of the product we deliver.
We are technologically astute and use digital tools for all aspects of operations and project management.
We are data-driven in all our decisions without sacrificing the renter's quality of life or profitability for investors.
A visionary approach

Re-Engineering the
Development Process


Starting from the
Inside Out

Development first begins with the current needs of renters. Then, by starting with everyday living items, we design our buildings from the inside out. We ask, evaluate, and consider how much space students and renters need now, in years to come, and in ever-changing market realities (such as COVID-19).


Higher Bedroom Count for Higher Yields

Our inside out approach optimizes space, allowing us to house multiple renters in a single apartment, safely and without feeling crowded. These types of shared apartments allow tenants to lower their overall living expenses, a demand particularly sought after in today’s economic reality.


Going that Extra Mile Using Data

We collect, compare, correlate, measure and scrape information, and make use of our databases at each step of the development process. We ask the questions that others don’t and make hyper-informed decisions. Assumptions, mistakes, errors, and risks are all greatly reduced, even eliminated, resulting in the best possible outcome at each step of the process.

Our projects

A Sampling of Our
Current Developments

Approximately $230 million in current real estate property developments.

Le Mildoré
2025 Peel St.
Montreal, QC
Property size: 85,000 sq. ft.
Capacity: 279 occupants / 19 stories
Status: Presently under construction
1 of 1
6 Lambe's Lane
St-John's, NL
Property size: 200,000 sq. ft.
Capacity: 700 occupants
Status: Predevelopment
1 of 1
Terrasse des Récollets
1140, Boulevard des Récollets
Trois-Rivières, QC
Property size: 65,000 sq. ft.
Capacity: 115 occupants / 6 stories
Status: Presently under construction
1 of 1

Contact Us

For an introduction to our other successfully completed projects or our current developments

please call 514-900-1684 x116

Our projects

A Sampling of Our
Recently Completed

$100 million in transactions in 2023.

1402-1424 Seymour St.
Halifax, NS
Property size: 170,000 sq. ft.
Capacity: 491 occupants / 6 stories
Development time: 3.5 years
Brown's Court
16, 18 & 20 Browns Court
Charlottetown, PE
Property size: 33,000 sq. ft.
Capacity: 102 occupants / 3 stories
Development time: 12 months
The Commodore
1675 Oxford St.
Halifax, NS
Property size: 33,000 sq. ft.
Capacity: 100 occupants
Development time: 21 months
1575 Summerhill Ave.
Montreal, QC
Property size: 73,000 sq. ft.
Capacity: 150 occupants
Development time: 11 months
The Marbridge
1245, Saint-Marc St.
Montreal, QC
Property size: 42,000 sq. ft.
Capacity: 113 occupants
Development time: 9 months
The Newport
2087 de Maisonneuve Blvd.
Montreal, QC
Property size: 18,000 sq. ft.
Capacity: 50 occupants
Development time: 15 months
Our Impact

Making a Difference
In Many Areas

On the Environment

Our developments seek to minimize energy consumption and environmental impact while favoring sustainability.

In Communities

We are the only company in our industry that donates 2.5% of our yearly profits to support non-profits and community work.

On Employees

In additional to an array of top company perks, all our employees participate in our profit-sharing program.

On Tenants

Our renters are the real winners: beautiful apartments designed with their every need considered, and everything included at an affordable price.
The company

A founder's entrepreneurial idea during his student years has grown to create one of Canada's most successful and largest student real estate development companies.


+250 M

In only 8 years, Werkliv has given over 2,000 students and renters intelligently built, attractive, modern living spaces that foster quality of life.

Our growth has been rapid and acute, from raising capital to selling assets, to hiring employees, to increase our offices locations, and of course, expanding to new markets.

Our Team

Meet Our Expert

We are groups of savvy, multidisciplinary, in-house professionals.

Daniel Goodfellow
President and Founder
Margherita Terrone
Executive Vice President
Shawn-Alexandre Lennox
General Manager
Pierre Ferland
Senior Advisor
Andrea Roy
Vice President, Product
Coline Fiévet
General Manager: Accounting & Finance