Private Member’s Bill on Community Benefits Agreements Introduced in the House of Commons

March 1, 2016

Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen has introduced a private member’s bill that would allow the federal government to require information on the community benefits generated by construction, maintenance or repair contracts for public works or federal properties.

The bill defines community benefits as ‘a social or economic benefit that a community derives from a construction, maintenance or repair project, and includes local job creation and training opportunities, improvement of public space within the community and any other specific benefit identified by the community.’

The inclusion of community benefit agreements in social infrastructure spending planned by the federal government was one of the recommendations made by Michael Toye, Executive Director of the Canadian CED Network, in pre-budget consultations last month.

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