The Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN) has centred itself at the forefront of the economic justice movement in Canada by negotiating Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) into public infrastructure and urban development projects. In so doing, TCBN is addressing the challenges of access to good jobs, local economic development and neighbourhood revitalization particularly as they impact on historically disadvantaged communities and equity seeking groups in Toronto. TCBN employs a comprehensive approach that includes organizing, innovative policy, research, and communications. TCBN’s efforts have led to Ontario’s first Community Benefits Framework with Metrolinx that includes a Community Benefits Apprenticeship Plan, a Community Benefits Liaison Plan and a Declaration on Hiring Targets for the Eglinton Crosstown, along with subsequent agreements for the Finch West LRT, West Park Hospital and Woodbine Casino. For more information about our work, visit communitybenefits.ca.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the position is primarily responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of an outreach program designed to inform and connect women to jobs and other opportunities that result from grass roots organizing for community benefits. The Coordinator for the Women in Construction Ambassadors Program will work with a team of part-time Women in Construction Ambassadors drawn from neighbourhoods where construction projects with Community Benefits Agreements are underway, (or anticipated) to ensure that women are informed and prepared to benefit from the opportunities that can result from these agreements: jobs and apprenticeships in construction trades; professional, technical and administrative jobs; social procurement and neighbourhood and environmental improvements.