November Newsletter 2023

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GTHA Community Benefits Summit Survey

We wanted to extend our sincere gratitude for attending the event. Your support and participation meant a lot to us.

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Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Mentor Matching Mixer C4/20232

Connect with construction professionals, union representatives, employers, and community partners. Meet your mentor or mentee. Ignite your construction career! Don't miss out on this in-person networking event. Let's build your future together.

Stay tuned for venue details - RSVP now!

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Winning Affordable Housing For Your Community

CP Planning is excited to be launching their upcoming training series - Winning Affordable Housing for Your Community: A Workshop Series. They have five workshops planned over the next few months with one final workshop to be announced.

The goal of this series is to empower residents with the skills and knowledge required for effective engagement with crucial figures in housing development, such as government officials, developers, and influential community leaders.
They encourage participants to join all sessions as they often complement one another and offer a richer learning experience.

RSVP now & be a part of the conversation!

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Tell your representatives!

The Ontario Science Centre (OSC) has been underfunded by the government for years. And now its very existence is under threat.
The Government of Ontario plans to demolish the iconic, award-winning OSC to replace it with a 50% smaller building, located on top of a parking garage at Ontario Place.

This plan is not only unnecessary, it’s expensive too.

Send a message to the Premier, provincial Ministers of Infrastructure and Tourism, Members of Provincial Parliament, and the City of Toronto’s Mayor and City Councillors today.

Demand that proper investments are made in the Ontario Science Centre so that it continues to be a world class educational institution that Ontarians can be proud of and enjoy for decades to come.

Inclusive Planning Economy

Are you currently working as a Planning Professional or studying in the Planning Field? We would like to connect with you!

The Toronto Community Benefits Network and CP Planning would like to invite you to take part in a survey gathering valuable information that will help to shape our new project.

Our project focuses on connecting BIPOC youth, young professionals, racialized newcomers, and BIPOC-led organizations with information, training, employment opportunities, and networking support to join and thrive in the Housing Planning and Development industry. We see immense value in these stakeholders having an increased role to shape housing access and availability in transit adjacent neighbouthoods in our communities. This is in particular, as these stakeholders are most impacted by the lack of affordable housing and experince systemic barriers to protecting and promoting the wellbeing of racialized peoples.


  • To help guide our development of a Resource Guide and Journeymap to Professional, Administrative and Technical roles in the field of Planning and Development.
  • Support the distribution of employment and training opportunities in the planning and development of our city.
  • Design of networking engagements for BIPOC-led planning and development organizations
  • Anonymous summary of BIPOC planning and development sector strengths and opportunities to the City of Toronto and other levels of government


If you are an Employer, Academic Administrator, Planning Professional, Student, Training Provider, and connected to the Planning Field, please take a few minutes to answer our surveys.

Survey 1: Planning Experience: Are you currently employed or studying to become a Planning Professional? Please take this survey below: 

Survey 2: Organization Leaders: Do you support Planning Professionals, through hiring, training, certification through membership in a professional association? Please take this survey below: 

Suvey 3: Newsletter Opt-in: Would you like to join the TCBN and CP Planning mailing lists? Please take this survey below: 

Thank you for taking the time to share your valueable experience and information about the Planning Industry. By taking our short survey, you are contributing to progressing towards an inclusive planning economy.

Thank you and we look forward to connecting with you.

Project in partnership with CP Planning, as part of the Roadmap for Redevelopment Plans to Confront Systemic Racism. More info:

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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

To learn more about the project, attend an information session and register by clicking on a link below

  • November 8, 2023 from 2pm - 3:30pm on Zoom

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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