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Public Infrastructure & Community Benefits
Building equity in from the start

There is a historic opportunity to leverage billions of dollars in public infrastructure investments to create jobs, apprenticeships and more for people who don’t usually benefit from capital projects.

Atkinson’s Colette Murphy describes “community benefits” as a big idea with the potential to transform our cities, making them more equitable and democratic. Her two Toronto Star op-eds explain how this strategy can reduce poverty and build community wealth.

This innovation in the public infrastructure development process is driving demand for knowledgeable and skilled local organizers across Canada. In response, we’ve created a new leadership learning initiative.

The Power Lab is a space where community organizers in several Canadian cities will experiment with visionary strategies for creating more decent work and an equitable economy. In addition to building their local economies, organizers will build relationships and knowledge, access technology and resources, and discover their own power to collaborate on a local, national and global scale through the lab.

The Power Lab was officially launched with the Broadbent Institute’s Alejandra Bravo and 10 partners in June 2018.

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Community Benefits
This case study describes the process of building community benefits into a public infrastructure project -- the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT -- from 2012 to 2017.
Making Community Benefits a Reality in Ontario
This briefing note introduces the idea of “community benefits” as part of Ontario’s public infrastructure investment strategy, and explains current opportunities and challenges.
Community Benefit Agreements
This report, published in 2015, examines the structure of Community Benefits Agreements and the process for developing them in Ontario. It describes leading examples, the current policy landscape, and related strategic considerations.
Community Benefits and Social Procurement Policies
A Jurisdictional Review
Released in April 2016, the third in this series of reports reviews community benefits and social procurement policies in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Community Benefits in Practice and in Policy
Lessons From the United States and the United Kingdom
Released in September 2016, a detailed, technical report by Dina Graser exploring the application of the US and UK experience with community benefits to Ontario’s current public infrastructure renewal challenges.