December Newsletter 2023

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Friday, December 15, 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Annual General Meeting

TCBN invites you to our Annual General Meeting on December 15th from 10 am – 12pm and Open House from 12pm-3pm at the TCBN office.

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Nominations ends on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Changemakers Award

These are the peoples and initiatives that significantly advanced the community benefits movement in Toronto.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 6:30pm to 8pm

Ontario Line Good Jobs and Training Opportunities

Join us for an update and discussion on good jobs, local training opportunities and social procurement as part of the Ontario Line Subway. As a community-labour coalition, we are seeking commitments from Metrolinx and the Provincial government for a Community Benefits Agreement as part of the project.

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Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Downsview workshop on Climate Resilience in Black Communities

To all Black Communities based in the North York area who are interested in learning more about Climate Resilience, the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) will be co-hosting a workshop alongside CBTU and ENRICH Project on December 9th from 10am-1pm at the Downsview Hub (70 Canuck Avenue). Refreshments will be provided and a $100 honorarium will be mailed to you afterwards.

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GTHA Community Benefits Summit Resources

Thank you for joining us at the GTHA Community Benefits Summit on October 28th.

Missed the event? We have now uploaded content from the event and bus tour on our website and Youtube page.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 10:30am to 1:00pm

Build A Better Fairview – Join us at Winter Fest and Sign the Petition

Build a Better Fairview is a group of residents, community and service organizations dedicated to the responsible, equitable and sustainable development of the Fairview area. We want to work with all stakeholders and decision makers to ensure equitable neighbourhood change through meaningful community engagement and involvement as part of new proposed developments like the Fairview Mall. Join us at the upcoming Winter Fest on December 16th between 10:30am-1:00pm at Parkway Community Centre and sign the Community Benefits for Fairview Mall petition here.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 10:00am to 7:00pm

Ontario Line Job Fair

Connect 6ix and Metrolinx are holding a Job Fair in Thorncliffe Park on Wednesday, Jan. 24 to provide opportunities for our community to join the Ontario Line project, a transit line that will transform Toronto. The Job Fair will feature full and part-time jobs, as well as contract positions.

CP Planning – Roadmap Impact and Next Steps Report

CP Planning is celebrating the launch of the Roadmap’s 2023 Impact and Next Steps report. To accelerate the development of new affordable housing supply, the Roadmap works to increase the economic inclusion of racialized folks to be decision makers in the planning for affordable housing development.

Sign up here to register for upcoming events including the Winning Affordable Housing for Your Community: A Workshop Series (November 2023 - Spring 2024) and Racial Justice in Real Estate.

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Build Green Career Fair

These are the people and initiatives that significantly advanced the community benefits movement in Toronto.

We are excited to announce our second Build Green Career Fair organized by Toronto Community Benefits Network. The event is scheduled to take place in two different setups, virtual and in person, in early new year (2024).

If you want to post your current and upcoming jobs on our Employer Portal or if you want to be an exhibitor, please contact [email protected]

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Powershift: NexGen Builders Youth Policy Table

TCBN is looking for Youth Delegates to join our Youth Policy Table. Organizations that are invested in equity-deserving groups accessing good jobs in the construction sector, are encouraged to refer youth delegates. We are seeking referrals of Black, Indigenous, and other racialized (BIPOC) youth aged 16-25. Our ideal candidate will be interested in the construction industry and advancing community benefits agreements in the sector. Other attributes include willingness to share their perspective on barriers to accessing jobs and an interest in working on a team to create solutions.


Interested organizations will attend an information session to learn more about the Youth Policy Table. Organizations may invite interested youth to accompany them to attend the information session.

Youth Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with other youth in a systems change environment
  • Become knowledgeable about Community Benefits Agreements, in the policy environment
  • Develop standards and best practices for Community Benefits Agreements.
  • Build networks that will strengthen their access to leadership opportunities

If you need more information, please feel free to contact: [email protected]

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Ontario Line CBA Campaign

The Ontario Line, Canada’s largest public infrastructure project in history, risks being built without any meaningful benefits for the community. In November 2022, Metrolinx awarded 50% of the project in contracts with private developers, valued at about $15 billion, without any mention of the promised Community Benefits Agreement as announced in May 2021 by the federal government in their approval of funding for the project.

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The Career Edge in Construction program is for Black youth ages 20 to 34

Participants in the program get access to

  • virtual reality training (VR)
  • construction apprenticeship readiness training
  • construction site tours
  • work experience
  • internship opportunities mentorship
  • career coaching opportunities

VR career exploration delivers short introductions to 32 construction trades roles.

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Employers in Construction and Trades

  • Sign up to the Employer Portal today!
  • Post your jobs for work-ready candidates!!
  • Offset costs with financial incentives for training and onboarding!!!

Job Seekers:

  • Please visit our employer portal
  • Apply for jobs
  • Sign up and upload your resume to be access by potential employers
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The NexGen Builders Mentoring Program

The program prepares Black, Indigenous and other racialized individuals (newcomers, women and youth) looking for a career in construction with the knowledge, skills, experience, guidance, tools, and supports they need to secure employment in construction trades or professional, administrative or technical jobs.


NexGen Builders Academy for Black Youth

Assists Black youth aged 16-34, to find a job in construction in skilled, unionized trades or professional, administrative, or technical positions in a construction company.

The program offers access to construction job postings on TCBN’s Employer Portal:, also, professional development and micro-credentials, career exploration and job coaching, internship and job placements, union intake assessment and test preparation, and financial support.

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