A Smart Way to Build Transit
TCBN has piloted a Resident Engagement program for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT jobs pipeline, reaching deep into historically disadvantaged communities and equity-seeking groups to connect with the apprenticeship jobs
The TCBN has built a strong community-labour partnership with a support base of workforce development agencies, learning institutions, and funders. Collectively we are creating impact on how development works in the city, starting with Toronto’s Light Rail Transit Projects.
TCBN and Metrolinx have just met with the newly announced general contractor for completion of the Eglinton Crosstown Line. It’s...
The Atkinson Foundation commissioned University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre for two reports on how economic action can be taken to...
Provincial Bill 6 Approved, Infrastructure Legislation Now Includes Community Benefits The Ontario Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act (20150 provides the...
Colette Murphy, Executive Director, Atkinson Foundation
Unlike old-style backroom deal-making and shallow public consultations, residents are meaningfully engaged in the process of creating a Community Benefits Agreement. This approach earns community support for development projects, diffuses opposition, and builds the reserves of trust, skill and resolve needed to tackle other complex issues.
Susan McIsaac, President & CEO, United Way of Toronto and York Region
New infrastructure and community benefits should go hand in hand because they link the future success of our region's infrastructure with the future success of our people. United Way research shows a growing divide in our region in terms of access to opportunities for residents.
Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto
I am quite willing to look at (Community Benefits on Municipal Infrastructure Projects). I want to be careful in terms of (adding restrictions) which can drive up cost... But I think it is important. It’s been proven to be done successfully and you can employ local people, whether it’s in places like Regent Park… or at Metrolinx.
Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Thanks to the work of Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario, the Toronto Community Benefits Network, the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, and a whole range of others, working together, these partners have ensured that the Crosstown Build will mean good jobs for people from disadvantaged communities along the line.