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 more information about their work, visit http://communitybenefits.ca.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Women in Construction Ambassadors (WCA) will inform women in their communities about jobs and other opportunities in the Construction sector that result from grass roots organizing for community benefits linked to major construction projects. Women in Construction Ambassadors will reside in neighbourhoods where construction projects with Community Benefits Agreements are underway, (or anticipated.) They will ensure that local women are informed and prepared to benefit from the opportunities that can result from these agreements such as: jobs and apprenticeships in construction trades; professional, technical and administrative jobs; social procurement from local, social and diverse businesses, and neighbourhood and environmental improvements. Women in Construction Ambassadors will participate in training to ensure they are knowledgeable and confident to engage and speak to women in their networks about local economic opportunities and how they can prepare to access them.