Pre-Summit Events



Green Change is hosting a Community Benefits Design Lab, as a lead-up to the Creating Opportunities Summit. We are inviting a mix of designers, frontline workers, policy-makers, non-profit professionals, facilitators, and most importantly, community members to participate in a unique action-oriented day.

The time machine walk will be an experiential glimpse into the future of Community Benefits Agreements and how they might impact communities like Jane and Finch. The walk will connect participants to resident stories from the neighbourhood and help reinforce the importance of keeping community benefits strategies and conversations firmly grounded in local knowledge.

Following the walk, participants will join us back at Green Change’s studio at 2999 Jane Street for an afternoon of design-based activities to weave together diverse perspectives and seed conversations for new ideas and collaborations.


Grab a PRESTO card and join us on a tour of the future Finch West LRT! Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN), Osgoode Hall Law School, Duke Heights BIA, and Green Change are coming together to take you on a 90-minute bus ride to provide an overview of the Finch LRT project, promote opportunities for community benefits through its construction, discuss the potential impacts on local communities, and share resident stories. Along the way, we will point out notable landmarks, such as the Finch LRT Maintenance and Storage Facility, which is the site of a proposed community hub and centre for the arts.

The tour will begin at the Champagne Centre, travel along Finch to Humber College, and then make its way back to Osgoode Hall at York University. Bus tours will leave at 12:30pm, 1:00pm and 1:30pm. Bagged lunches will be provided before participants leave the Champagne Centre and refreshments will be served at Osgoode Hall.


The concept of Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) is finally starting to take roots in Ontario. The Community Benefits Framework signed between the Toronto Community Benefits Network and Metrolinx has just completed its first year of implementation with significant achievements to note. It is a model that partners want to see replicated in all major infrastructure and urban development projects in Canada.

While this Project is in its early stages of development, CBAs is not a new concept. CBAs and different variations of CBAs have been successfully used in Canada and North America to create jobs and opportunities for underrepresented groups. This poster presentation is meant to be a visual representation of research on community benefits sourced locally, nationally and internationally from researchers from a variety of academic backgrounds and perspectives. 

Do you have relevant research you could contribute to this summit? Submit your poster proposal to Natasha Allen at by Monday, February 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm. We ask that you summarize your research into clear topics and themes and provide any relevant images or graphs that can help to convey your message. Your data should be clear, concise and to the point. With the content you provide, we will prepare a poster for you that will inspire our audience to explore and create ways to dismantle economic barriers. To learn more, download poster guidelines HERE.