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.
Thanks to your support we have reached 1000 signatures and counting on our joint letter! We are demanding that Community Benefits be included in the 187 Billion infrastructure dollars our Federal Government is planning to spend in post-Covid-19 stimulus. Join us for a webinar to learn more:
"A Path to Economic Inclusion and Inclusive Recovery"
Date: Wednesday June 24th, 2020
Time: 3:00PM - 4:30PM
The panel discussion will feature:
Rosemarie Powell - Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network
Heather Grondin - Vice President, Communications and Stakeholders Relations at Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
Dexter King - Director, Procurement Services at York University
Elizabeth Chick - Executive Director, Buy Social Canada