What People Are Saying

Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO, Metrolinx

Metrolinx is pleased to support the concept of building Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) into our major infrastructure projects.  Read more

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.  Read more

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.   Read more

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... Read more

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. Read more

Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

There are people coming together in a brand new way in Toronto through the Toronto Community Benefits Network… (using) the development process to create opportunities and long term benefits for low income individuals and communities…There is 130 Billion dollars of infrastructure coming through the province in the next 10 years,... Read more