Building Networks to Shake Up Systems


Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN)

TCBN is a community and labour coalition of over 120 member organizations that promotes economic inclusion for all Toronto residents. Working in tandem with community-based organizations, labour and other partners, it envisions Toronto as an inclusive, thriving city in which all residents have equitable opportunities to contribute to building healthy communities and a prospering economy.

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Less than 4% of unionized skilled trades professionals are women and less than 23% of skilled trades worker are racialized.

Source: Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey

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A voice for the communities most affected by the province’s transit expansion plans, the Network advocates for job opportunities, training and community consultations, and negotiates legally binding community benefit agreements, that outline how local residents will benefit from new developments. Recently, TCBN advocated for Metrolinx to recommit to community benefits on transit projects with goals for 10% equity and 10% gender diversity in hiring.


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Top Right: Members of Regent Park Neighborhood Association receiving the 2022 Changemaker award at the TCBN annual general meeting.

Bottom Left: Mentors from TCBN’s NexGen Mentoring Program connecting with their new mentees


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