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Ontario builds infrastructure projects through a specialized agency that develops public-private partnerships for financing. They are empowered to seek value for public money in the contracting out of construction projects, and include a “Community and Green Benefits” heading in their summary reporting on signed deals. Any CBA for the Eglinton Crosstown Project will include IO as a signator (along with Metrolinx and Crosslinx). IO is therefore a potential negotiating partner for CBA advocates in the future: a government body that can set terms for a wide array of infrastructure projects.

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There’s a growing movement of people – inside and outside government – who aren’t content to watch fissures open up and leave our province deeply divided along race, gender and income lines. They know that these conditions are bad for investment, bad for business, bad for the quality of community life, and unacceptable for their children and grandchildren.

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In Ontario, section 37 allows cities to trade exemptions from height/density restrictions (previously established in their Official Plans) to developers in exchange for money to be spent on community improvements. Section 37 agreements do not usually include any consideration of jobs, wages and hiring, and are intended to secure one-time capital expenditures; they are binding in that they become part of the development permit issued by the city. Developers may resist entering into CBAs if they perceive they are already providing benefits through section 37, although as noted elsewhere in this report, there are many reasons why developers may still find a CBA advantageous. In any event, section 37 practices have recently received extensive analysis and criticism, and CBA practitioners in Ontario should engage policy change in this area.

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Many of the foundational victories – and lessons – of the emerging community benefits agreements movement come from Los Angeles and the organizations that created the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice. This coalition formed in 2001 to create a unified voice for community concerns regarding a massive private development known alternately as L.A. Live! or the Staples Centre project. In some ways typical of massive downtown revitalization projects, L.A. Live! included a theatre, a hotel, a convention-centre expansion, shopping, and housing. It also meant more noise, traffic congestion and loss of homes in an area of Los Angeles that had long suffered high rates of poverty and unemployment, and low levels of opportunity.

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SECAF exemplifies the most important tenets for a small and emerging contractor: integrity, trust, ethics and quality. The overriding spirit is to give to the government contracting community and help it grow. Education, empowerment and advocacy are vital to the contracting industry, and everyone benefits from the community SECAF creates. Our Board of Directors is steadfast in its commitment to these values that were present when the organization was founded.

Where many other organizations are concerned with programs that create mass appeal, we remain true to our core constituent: the small and emerging contractor and the players in the ecosystem that rely on small businesses.

SECAF members include CEOs, COOs and CXOs of both small and emerging contractors. By offering a variety of programs that support the mission of education, resources and advocacy, SECAF continues to grow as one of the premier organizations in the region. Further, our regular Executive Briefings, Member Forums and Members-Only Networking Events address the most pressing issues faced by those in this community.

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The community benefits agreement concept and the coalitions that have formed around it got their start in Ontario during the redevelopment of Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. A Community Benefits Framework followed with the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The primary signatories are the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN), and Metrolinx, Ontario’s agency responsible for regional transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The Framework was intended as a precursor to the negotiation of a formal CBA between Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario, and Crosslinx, the builder of the line. Metrolinx has been very receptive to the idea and the process has been non-adversarial.