Rosemarie Powell

Rosemarie Powell is a passionate advocate for social, economic and environmental justice. She has led for over 20 years from the grassroots up, managing and developing several innovative and impactful community programs and services to support under-represented group’s access to the labour market. Her community engagement work in Jane Finch earned several awards for leadership and imagination. Rosemarie is currently the Executive Director of the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN). The Toronto Community Benefits Network, is a community/labour coalition of over 120 member organizations which initiated successful Community Benefits Agreements for the Eglinton Crosstown and Finch West LRT transit projects, West Park Healthcare Centre and Woodbine Casino expansion.

  • published New Survey Test 2022-09-08 11:53:04 -0400

  • published Career Track Report 2022-09-08 10:42:27 -0400

    Career Track Report

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  • published Symone 2022-08-30 04:40:54 -0400


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  • published TTC Apply Now 2022-08-05 13:58:55 -0400

    TTC Apply Now

    Exciting News!! TTC is looking for Temporarily 20 Construction workers with great pay starting from $23.14 to $30.19 per hour until the end of November.  

    Interested? Register on Jobs at TTC, see the link below.
    If you need help to review your resume and cover letter, make sure to reach out to us before applying.
    Required skills
    • Previous basic construction experience preferred
    • Ability to comprehend verbal and written instructions as demonstrated by an ability to understand and follow published operating/safety rules and regulations
    • Attend and successfully complete TTC training programs for WHMIS; Subway/Streetcar/SRT Rule Book Certification; safety training, track orientation and other job related programs deemed necessary by management 

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    TTC Recruitment

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  • published Video Strategic Plan 2022-06-27 08:00:41 -0400

    Video Strategic Plan


    TCBN has come to the end of its first Five-Year Strategic Plan and is ready to embark on the next phase of its journey! The story of the TCBN points in the direction of more and deeper work being required to ensure that the opportunities and benefits of upcoming economic growth projected for Toronto continue to be shared more equitably.

    We thank our Board, membership and key stakeholders for their leadership and guidance over the past six months in helping to refine our mandate and shape our vision, mission, values, goals and objectives for 2022 to 2027.


    We envision an equitable, thriving city where the full diversity of its residents contributes to and benefits from its growth and development.


    Acknowledging systemic and structural inequities experienced by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities within the construction industry, the Toronto Community Benefits Network negotiates and facilitates systems change through the advancement of community benefits in policy and practice.

    Given the massive investment of public and private funds in local construction, and the commitment of three levels of government to incorporate community benefits policies and agreements in these projects, TCBN provides guidance and expertise on best practices to all key stakeholders to ensure that the promise of community benefits agreements for equity deserving communities and for a more sustainable and inclusive local economy is fully realized.


    1. Support historically disadvantaged communities and equity deserving groups to build local power, to articulate and advance their vision for community benefits during the infrastructure planning and development phases, in areas such as workforce development, social procurement and neighbourhood and environmental improvements.
    2. Ensure community voice at the planning, decision making and oversight table, and clear commitments and accountability from all parties to deliver (implement, monitor, track, report and evaluate) the CBA.
    3. Establish and coordinate strategic partnerships with our members and key stakeholders to facilitate equity, diversity and inclusion of Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Colour into the workforce of the construction industry and its supply chain.

    2022 to 2027 Strategic Goals

    1. Community Benefits Campaigns: Champion community residents experiences and leadership in determining goals and objectives for Community Benefits Agreements, during all phases of  development, whether public or private.
    2. Community Benefits Intermediary: Build, operate and maintain an online, data-driven  platform for a city-wide, coordinated community benefits employment pathway that enables construction unions and employers with commitments to community benefits agreements to recruit, onboard, retain, advance and track progress of local and diverse talent.
    3. Community Benefits Standards: Research and build awareness and consensus on best practices and local, provincial, and national standards for Community Benefits Agreements.



  • published Audited FS 2021 2022-06-24 07:03:24 -0400

  • published AGM Votes 2022 2022-06-24 06:04:31 -0400

    2022 AGM Votes

    Before voting, please review the following documents. Make sure to answer all questions to submit your votes. If you have no comments, write N/A. Do not leave the space blank.

    Key Documents:

    1. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting June 23, 2021, Download Here
    2. Strategic Plan 2022 to 2027,
    3. Audited Financial Statements,
    4. New Slate of Board of Directors,
    5. View the 2021 Annual Report,
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  • published Jobs 2022-06-22 13:53:08 -0400

  • Board Member Recruitment June 23 2022 Deadline

    TCBN is seeking a senior Board member, a community leader with proven track record in leadership, knowledge of sector and community trends, and passion to help round out our Board’s expertise.

    This is in our efforts to advance our objectives for building the platform for community to exercise its power to advance the community benefits movement in major infrastructure investments in the City.

    If you are interested or know someone, download the full Board volunteer job description here.

  • published Metrolinx Update 2022-05-13 16:55:10 -0400

    Metrolinx Update

    Update from Metrolinx regarding Community Benefits 

    In a letter we have received from Metrolinx, it has been confirmed that the four new transit projects will include commitments to diverse hiring targets for historically disadvantaged communities and equity seeking groups, including 10% Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour; 10% Women.

    After concerns were raised in March and over the past two months, with your support and advocacy, TCBN’s public campaign has raised awareness. The campaign included petitions to decision makers, media engagement, membership meetings, community meetings, public town halls and meetings with local elected officials about the importance of Community Benefits Agreements as part of the four new transit projects in Toronto.  

    This new information sets a clear direction from Metrolinx as it outlines how contractors will be held accountable through specific requirements in Requests for Proposals (RFP) and agreements. These agreements will include the contractors commitments to fulfill the following: 

    • Apprenticeship and Workforce Development Plans (AWDPs) that include quantified targets to meet agreed upon hiring targets for historically disadvantaged communities and equity seeking groups, including 10% Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour; 10% Women.
    • Enter into an agreement (outside of the project agreement), between the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development, the Ministry of Transportation, Metrolinx, and the Preferred Proponent, that codifies the targets in contractual commitments that are monitored, mitigated if required, and with transparent data reporting.
    • Planned submissions requiring contractors to implement an anti-racism strategy and method of communication with Metrolinx on all issues arising
    • A working group comprised of Metrolinx, TCBN, Preferred Proponent and other stakeholders to collaborate and share ideas for how to implement these targets.
    • Project Companies will also be encouraged to establish voluntary apprentice hiring targets through the ITA financial incentive.

    Metrolinx has also committed to tracking and monitoring progress against contractor plans and outcomes and will also report on procuring from social enterprises. 

    This is a significant moment for the TCBN community, labour and social enterprise membership who have been advocating to ensure the billions in public dollars for new infrastructure like transit benefit local communities impacted by these projects and specifically equity deserving groups who historically have been underrepresented in the construction and development industry.  

    We look forward to keeping you updated with more information on the Community Benefits Agreements for each of the four new projects and upcoming engagement opportunities on the implementation plan. 

    Currently, we are focused on ensuring these commitments are included in all project RFPs and project agreements, and that subcontractors are also held to these requirements. We will also be seeking to ensure Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) career opportunities are included in the Community Benefits Agreements.

    If you would like to learn more about the jobs and opportunities through community benefits agreements click here

    If you have any questions or would like to further discuss this recent news, please contact [email protected] 


  • published BDA 2022 2022-05-13 07:26:53 -0400

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  • published Scarborough Health Coalition 2022-04-25 11:09:46 -0400

    Scarborough Health Coalition


    SCARBOROUGH, APRIL 25 2022 -- Scarborough Health Coalition welcomes the pledge by the Ontario government to support expansion and redevelopment health infrastructure projects in Scarborough and calls for the Province and Scarborough Health Network to engage the community and approve a Community Benefits Agreement to require that at minimum ten percent of apprentices and tradespeople working on construction, design, planning and technical, come from the local community and equity-seeking groups. The call by Scarborough Health Coalition for a Community Benefits Agreement on Scarborough health infrastructure projects is consistent with the Community Benefits and Apprenticeship Plan that is part of the development (led by EllisDon) of the new West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto's York South-Weston area.

    “The West Park Healthcare Centre CBA was historic as the first healthcare project in Ontario to use this approach to maximizing benefits for local communities through commitments to local, diverse hiring targets in apprenticeships, professional, administrative, technical careers and business procurement opportunities for local businesses” said TCBN Executive Director, Rosemarie Powell whose organization is working with West Park, EllisDon, Infrastructure Ontario and community organizations to support the development, implementation and monitoring of the Community Benefits and Apprenticeship Plan.” 

    The Ontario government has pledged over $1 billion in new health infrastructure in Scarborough. Scarborough Health Coalition is calling for community benefits to be achieved through a Community Benefits Agreement taking the form of a contract between the government, the health network, the community and the team chosen to design, build and finance the new projects. If done right, a Community Benefits Agreement has the potential to transform the way Scarborough Health Network and the government purchase, build, employ and think about maximizing local economic development while creating good jobs for the residents of Scarborough.

    "This investment on health infrastructure in Scarborough is significant and with a Community Benefits Agreement, it will ensure local equity deserving groups will benefit from apprenticeships, good jobs and business opportunities," said Kingsley Kwok, Chairperson, Scarborough Health Coalition. "It is time to leverage public infrastructure funding to build back Scarborough better from COVID-19, where it was identified as a hotspot during the pandemic” said Kingsley. 

    Contact Info 

    Kingsley Kwok, Chairperson at Scarborough Health Coalition 

    Phone # 416-835-3377 

    Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN)

    Phone # 416-573-8819 

    Additional Information 

    • Community benefits are the additional social, economic or environmental benefits provided to local communities by leveraging public infrastructure investments. It has been included on many large-scale provincially funded public infrastructure projects like the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Finch West LRT and West Park Healthcare Centre. 
    • Just last month, the Ford government faced significant public pressure for removing diversity hiring targets from Community Benefits Agreements as part of four new transit projects including the approx. $4B Scarborough Subway Extension project. A representative from the Ministry of Transportation later confirmed that the minimum ten percent diversity hiring targets would be included in those projects.
    • Akeem Busari is a 1st year apprentice working at the West Park Healthcare Centre. As a local resident, he shares his journey working with TCBN to open a pathway for him into a good unionized career working on a local project in his neighbourhood. Watch here

    About the Scarborough Health Coalition 

    Scarborough Health Coalition is a local health coalition of community members and health care workers with a focus on the public delivery of Medicare and long-term care and on health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • published BDA Video 2022-04-22 15:04:48 -0400