Community Benefits Agreements are growing in popularity as a tool to achieve broader social and policy objectives. With increased government spending on public infrastructure, governments and community groups are adopting community benefits agreements (CBAs) as a means of achieving multiple goals including:

  • inclusive workforce development through targeted hiring and training opportunities
  • supply chain diversity
  • other community-identified priorities such as daycares, parkland and affordable housing

This report identifies key government stakeholders and the magnitude of projects affiliated with CBAs. Based on our assessment, current and planned CBA projects are valued at $43 billion. We expect this to continue to grow over the coming years.

Ontario’s unionized construction industry has a long-standing commitment to the protection and advancement of working people and our local communities. CBAs are just another tool the industry can utilize to ensure the unionized construction industry continues to have a profound and lasting role in developing a highly skilled construction industry workforce in Ontario.

We would be happy to hear about your experiences with Community Benefits Agreements as we hope to continue to add to the dialogue on this topic.

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact me at kjacobs@iciconstruction.com or 416-620-5210 x225.

Katherine Jacobs
Director of Research
Ontario Construction Secretariat

Community Benefits Report