Canada’s Federal Government has identified infrastructure as a key component of Canada’s economic recovery from the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. They are planning to invest over $187 Billion tax payer dollars on infrastructure projects across Canada over the next ten years.
It is imperative that government leaders leverage Community Benefit Agreements to create local workforce and business opportunities for Black and Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, youth and newcomers. Commitment to infrastructure, employment, and improved outcomes for diverse communities must go hand in hand.
However, some construction and engineering firms are lobbying the government to remove community benefits requirements on these projects. Read the National Post article. We invite supporters of community benefits from community, labour, corporate and philanthropy to endorse a joint letter to the Federal government encouraging them remain steadfast in its commitment to integrate and expand community benefit expectations in publicly funded infrastructure projects.