Federal Community Employment Benefits Initiative (CEB)

The Community Employment Benefits (CEB) initiative provides a framework for establishing project targets and reporting on employment and/or procurement for at least three of the groups targeted by the initiative: apprentices; Indigenous peoples; women; persons with disabilities; veterans; youth; recent immigrants; and small-sized, medium-sized and social enterprises

The CEB initiative is designed to allow for flexibility for provinces and territories to identify appropriate targets for the achievement of CEB by larger projects receiving funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Information collected on these projects will be made public.

The Gordie Howe Bridge project in Windsor is one example of a project that falls under the Community Employment Benefits program.

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Buy Social Canada

Buy Social Canada advances and promotes social procurement by bringing socially driven purchasers and social enterprise suppliers together, building business relationships that generate social benefits to communities across the country.

Check out the primer on trade agreements for Social Purchasing here

Listen to the Social Value Marketplace podcast here

Canada’s Building Trades Unions

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) is the national voice of over half a million Canadian construction workers—members of 14 international unions who work in more than 60 different trades and occupations, and generate 14 percent of this country’s GDP. CBTU has been a strong advocate in working with the government to include community benefits on public infrastructure projects.

Check out the Industry Perspectives Op-Ed by CBTU Chairman Robert Kucheran: Investing in infrastructure must mean investing in Canadians - June 09, 2020

It is important to ensure that safety, quality, investments in training and apprenticeships, and positive impacts in the local community are the standard. We understand the critical role local communities must have in participating and shaping projects in their communities. Investing in Canadians guarantees infrastructure projects get built the right way. - Robert Kucheran, CBTU Chairman

Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet)

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) is a national member-led organization committed to strengthening Canadian communities by creating economic opportunities that enhance social and environmental conditions.

Learn More - Community Benefits Resources, Reports and Case Studies

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