October Newsletter 2023

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Saturday, Octber 28, 2023 from 8:30PM to 5:00PM

GTHA Community Benefits Summit: The Power of Community Benefits Agreements in Building Cities We All Deserve

Join us for a day of learning and discussion on the importance of Community Benefit Agreements and community benefits policies in enabling economic inclusion, social procurement, neighbourhood and environmental improvements and access to good local jobs and opportunities as part of billions of dollars of investments in public transit, infrastructure and housing across the GTHA.

Following the summit, TCBN will be leading a Community Benefits tour of Canada's largest infrastructure project, the projected $18B Ontario Line transit project.

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Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM

Empowering Union Members Workshop

This interactive in-person workshop aims to empower union members with a deep understanding of the constitutional processes within their union. Participants will learn essential skills such as:

  • Understanding Union Constitutions
  • Writing Effective Support Letters
  • Moving Motions with Impact

Learn how to effectively participate in union meetings through a combination of informative sessions and engaging role-play activities.

Distinguished union leaders will share their expertise and experiences on various topics related to union processes through a panel discussion.

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Monday, October 16, 2023 from 6:00am to 7:30pm

Resume and Cover Letter Webinar

In this webinar, you will learn how to craft an impressive resume and cover letter that will grab the employer's attention. Learn the benefits of having a cover letter.

You'll also discover the "don'ts" of resume and cover letter writing, giving you the skills to avoid common mistakes and make a great first impression.

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Monday, October 23, 2023 from 6:00am to 7:30pm

Personal Branding and Networking

Seize the chance to transform your personal brand and network effectively by unlocking the secrets to:

  • Building an Irresistible Personal Brand
  • Maximizing Your Online Presence
  • Networking Like a Pro
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Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Mentor Matching Mixer C4/2023

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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Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Community Planning Meeting

Join Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN), South Etobicoke Housing Affordability (SEHA) Research Study and LAMP Community Health Center as we continue to discuss next steps in the Community Benefits For South Etobicoke (CBASE) campaign.

We will provide an update on key development projects and discuss a plan for ensuring new developments reflect local community benefits priorities like affordable housing, good jobs, local and diverse hiring, social procurement, neighborhood and environmental improvements. We shall have a guest speaker to highlight some best practices.

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: https://cpplanning.ca/roadmap

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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

  • October 11, 2023 from 4pm - 5:30 pm on Zoom
  • October 18, 2023 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm on Zoom
  • October 24, 2023 from 2 pm - 3:30 pm on Zoom
  • 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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Downsview Tour Highlights

Thank you for inviting us and local partners for a tour of the Downsview Airport Lands. We will continue to work on ensuring local priorities for community benefits are committed to through accountable and transparent mechanisms.

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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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NexGen Builders Annual Retreat Video
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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.

Next intake is in September 13th 2023 Online.


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: https://employerportal.ca/, 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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