CBA Campaigns


Canada’s Federal Government has identified infrastructure as a key component of Canada’s economic recovery from the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. They are planning to invest over $187 Billion tax payer dollars on infrastructure projects across Canada over the next ten years.

It is imperative that government leaders leverage Community Benefit Agreements to create local workforce and business opportunities for Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, youth and newcomers. Commitment to infrastructure, employment, and improved outcomes for diverse communities must go hand in hand.

However, some construction and engineering firms are lobbying the government to remove community benefits requirements on these projects. Read the National Post article. We invite supporters of community benefits from community, labour, corporate and philanthropy to endorse a joint letter to the Federal government encouraging them remain steadfast in its commitment to integrate and expand community benefit expectations in publicly funded infrastructure projects. ENDORSE LETTER


Since the Winter QGM in Regent Park, the TCBN has been active in supporting the Regent Park Neighbourhood Association (RPNA) in leading a local Community Benefits Coalition of residents, community groups and organizations. The goal of the coalition is to secure a legally binding agreement with Toronto Community Housing (TCH) and selected developer that commits to both short and long term community benefits in Regent Park. After weeks of negotiations with TCH, the Coalition is excited to announce a Community Benefits Framework Agreement for Phase 4 and 5 of revitalization in Regent Park. More details to come. LEARN MORE


In January 2020, Infrastructure Ontario released the Project Agreement (redacted) with Fengate PCL Consortium for the MacDonald Block reconstruction project at Queens Park. 

TCBN would like to thank our labour member AMAPCEO, the union for Ontario's Professional Employees. AMAPCEO has been a leading champion to ensure that the MacDonald Block Reconstruction Project includes a Community Benefits Agreement. 

Community Benefits on this project will focus on two main areas: 
Workforce Development: such as employment and training opportunities, including apprenticeships to members of disadvantaged communities and local residents
  • The agreement commits to an aspirational target percentage (%)
  • The percentage has been redacted in the document however, 10% has been the consistent goal on all pilot projects
  • PCL will include community benefits language in all subcontracts 
  • Requirement for experiential learning and at minimum, 10 on site educational opportunities
Social Procurement: such as purchasing goods and services from local businesses and social enterprises
  • PCL is committed to collaborating with local businesses to gain understanding of the capabilities and capacity of local resources and use this information to help shape manageable scopes of work that can be executed safely
Local Communities 
The project agreement has identified local communities which are in close proximity to the project and may benefit from community benefits opportunities on the project. This includes: Regent Park, Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village 
Following consultation with Stakeholders, other communities can be prioritized
Community Partners 
Project Co will partner with local workforce development agencies and community organizations to support the Community Benefits Plan and establish tools, policies, and protocols to deliver on its objectives. They have listed but are not limited to working with: 
  • Toronto Community Benefits Network
  • Access Employment
  • George Brown College
  • Good Jobs for All Coalition
  • Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
  • The Career Foundation
  • YWCA Toronto
  • Working for Change
  • Carpenters Local 27
  • LiUNA Local 506 & 183
  • Operating Engineers Local 793
  • Central Ontario Building Trades and its affiliates
Next Steps 
Community Benefits Plan - to be submitted within 150 days after Financial close
Community Benefits Working Group - established within 45 days after Financial close, meet monthly until CB plan and working group terms of reference complete, quarterly thereafter
Community Benefits Working Group Terms of Reference - submitted within 45 days after Financial close, finalized within 90 days 
Community Benefits Reporting - Quarterly with annual reports