KEESMAAT COMMITS TO SUPPORTING LOCAL JOBS BY MAKING COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENTS A MANDATORY PART OF EVERY MAJOR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT
Toronto, Ont. — October 2, 2018: Today, Jennifer Keesmaat announced her commitment to supporting good local jobs by making Community Benefit Agreements a mandatory part of every major public infrastructure project. The City’s capital budget includes projects totalling more than $25 billion, carrying the potential for more than 12,000 jobs for local workers.
“Toronto is a big and fast-growing city, and it’s time we leveraged that growth to support good local jobs. The City is planning to spend billions of dollars on major infrastructure projects over the next 10 years, and Community Benefit Agreements are a great way to ensure that local Toronto workers can share in that prosperity,” said Keesmaat.
Keesmaat also pledged to develop rules as part of the development application process to mandate that all major private sector development projects include a Community Benefits Agreement to support local hiring and achieve social, economic and environmental benefits for the local communities impacted by proposed developments.
“Amending the rules around the development process will allow the City to negotiate approvals that will result in thousands of jobs for youth and other underemployed groups, as well as other negotiated community benefits. Specific aspects of the agreements can be generated in close consultation with communities, and can include a formal community monitoring and reporting mechanism to assure the agreed upon benefits are followed through on by private sector partners,” said Keesmaat.
“Through these partnerships, we can harness the growth we’re seeing in Toronto to help build our workforce for the future and ensure that more people in our city are sharing in this prosperity.”