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What is a Community
Benefits Agreement?

A CBA is a legally binding agreement between project developers
and/or public institutions and a legally constituted coalition of community groups.

A CBA is a legally binding agreement between project developers and/or public institutions and a legally constituted coalition of community groups.

The use of, and interest in, CBAs continues to increase as more and more parties recognize that traditional approaches to developments often yields few long-term community benefits.

CBAs enable communities to play a meaningful role in the planning and execution of a development and establish governance and enforcement mechanisms to ensure the realization of benefit outcomes. CBAs also provide developers with a defined, transparent framework with which to achieve social benefit outcomes for the community.

LeBreton Needs a CBA

LeBreton
Needs a CBA

When it comes to development projects in Ottawa that meet the needs of all citizens, we can do better. 

When it comes to development projects in Ottawa that meet the needs of all citizens, we can do better. 

Empty field inside LeBreton Flats

With LeBreton Flats, we have the opportunity.

One of the NCC’s guiding principles for LeBreton Flats is BuildingCommunity and a CBA is the best way to realize a community for all.

The NCC can show leadership and innovation by working with our Coalition to achieve a CBA for LeBreton.

As communities in Ottawa, and elsewhere, are learning a CBA is the most effective way to get beyond the platitudes and rhetoric by ensuring measurable community benefit outcomes.

We can do right for all walks of life and we can do right for the memory of the once thriving LeBreton Flats community that was removed in the 1960s.

Pimisi Station on Booth Street
Pimisi Station on Booth Street

As communities in Ottawa, and elsewhere, are learning a CBA is the most effective way to get beyond the platitudes and rhetoric by ensuring measurable community benefit outcomes.

We can do right for all walks of life and we can do right for the memory of the once thriving LeBreton Flats community that was removed in the 1960s.

WHO WE ARE​

We are a coalition of 27 community, service and labour groups with a shared vision of a CBA being put in place to ensure the community is kept top of mind with the development of LeBreton Flats. 

Our focus is on everything from affordable housing, decent work and wages and job training, to social procurement, meeting the needs of our indigenous citizens, health services, recreation, accessibility and sustainable energy. 

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WHAT WE'RE DOING​

The Coalition has been constructively engaging with our communities and assembling possible community outcome targets for a LeBreton CBA. The Coalition held a CBA workshop last September and has actively advocated a CBA for LeBreton to the NCC via face-to-face meetings and submission of:

    • briefs and commentary on drafts of the Master Concept Plan
    • an energy sustainability framework and
    • a Roadmap showing how CBA would work for LeBreton.

WHY WE'RE DOING IT​​

WHY WE'RE DOING IT

We formed the LeBreton Flats Community Benefits Coalition to help create an urban neighbourhood that is vibrant, equitable, healthy, secure and supportive of all residents.

Check out our – Statement of Principles

Our Vison

A National Asset

LeBreton Flats becomes an exciting new national asset—a vibrant neighbourhood integrated with surrounding communities and generating wealth in the broadest, most socially beneficial way possible.

NCC Master Concept Plan

NCC Master
Concept Plan

The LeBreton Flats CBA becomes the social framework for the NCC Master Concept Plan.

The Future

The NCC incorporates CBAs into all land transfers and development partnerships associated with the implementation of the Master Concept Plan.

Our Goals

CBA Development

To develop in cooperation with the NCC, a CBA that specifies a range of specific community and social outcomes that the LeBreton redevelopment will achieve.

The Future of LeBreton

To conclude a CBA with the NCC as an integral part of the Master Concept Plan and tender documents for the future land parcelling of LeBreton

Ensurance of the CBA

Ensurance of the CBA

To play a key role in project governance to ensure that the terms of the CBA are honoured.

I am very encouraged to see residents advocate for a Community Benefits Agreement for LeBreton Flats and I fully support these efforts. It is crucial that the social and economic benefits from the development of public lands are shared across the entire community. A CBA will ensure that families living on lower incomes will have access to the same employment opportunities, day care, housing and other positive amenities that everyone else benefits from in a new neighbourhood.

- Catherine McKenney

LeBreton Flats was once a residential neighborhood, but it was expropriated and leveled by the federal government. The redevelopment of this land must take place with the interests of the community in mind—not just big developers. Community organizations across the city have come together behind the vision of a Community Benefits Agreement, and decision-makers should take this coalition seriously.

- Joel Harden

Half a century ago, the federal government razed a vibrant, working class neighbourhood in the heart of Ottawa. It is an enduring shame on our city. Any development at LeBreton Flats should be focused on providing benefits to the working and low-income people of Ottawa, and on the first peoples upon whose land development is to take place.

- Shawn Menard

Across Toronto, local communities, governments and businesses are coming together to leverage public resources and infrastructure investments to ensure that local communities have a seat at the table in shaping the future vision of their community. Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) are a proven approach to achieve this vision. TCBN supports the advocacy of LeBreton Flats Community Benefits Coalition in securing a CBA for the LeBreton Flats project.

- Rosemarie Powell

I am very encouraged to see residents advocate for a Community Benefits Agreement for LeBreton Flats and I fully support these efforts. It is crucial that the social and economic benefits from the development of public lands are shared across the entire community. A CBA will ensure that families living on lower incomes will have access to the same employment opportunities, day care, housing and other positive amenities that everyone else benefits from in a new neighbourhood.

- Catherine McKenney

LeBreton Flats was once a residential neighborhood, but it was expropriated and leveled by the federal government. The redevelopment of this land must take place with the interests of the community in mind—not just big developers. Community organizations across the city have come together behind the vision of a Community Benefits Agreement, and decision-makers should take this coalition seriously.

- Joel Harden

Half a century ago, the federal government razed a vibrant, working class neighbourhood in the heart of Ottawa. It is an enduring shame on our city. Any development at LeBreton Flats should be focused on providing benefits to the working and low-income people of Ottawa, and on the first peoples upon whose land development is to take place.

- Catherine McKenney

Across Toronto, local communities, governments and businesses are coming together to leverage public resources and infrastructure investments to ensure that local communities have a seat at the table in shaping the future vision of their community. Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) are a proven approach to achieve this vision. TCBN supports the advocacy of LeBreton Flats Community Benefits Coalition in securing a CBA for the LeBreton Flats project.

- Rosemarie Powell

I am very encouraged to see residents advocate for a Community Benefits Agreement for LeBreton Flats and I fully support these efforts. It is crucial that the social and economic benefits from the development of public lands are shared across the entire community. A CBA will ensure that families living on lower incomes will have access to the same employment opportunities, day care, housing and other positive amenities that everyone else benefits from in a new neighbourhood.

- Catherine McKenney

LeBreton Flats was once a residential neighborhood, but it was expropriated and leveled by the federal government. The redevelopment of this land must take place with the interests of the community in mind—not just big developers. Community organizations across the city have come together behind the vision of a Community Benefits Agreement, and decision-makers should take this coalition seriously.

- Joel Harden

Half a century ago, the federal government razed a vibrant, working class neighbourhood in the heart of Ottawa. It is an enduring shame on our city. Any development at LeBreton Flats should be focused on providing benefits to the working and low-income people of Ottawa, and on the first peoples upon whose land development is to take place.

- Shawn Menard

Across Toronto, local communities, governments and businesses are coming together to leverage public resources and infrastructure investments to ensure that local communities have a seat at the table in shaping the future vision of their community. Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) are a proven approach to achieve this vision. TCBN supports the advocacy of LeBreton Flats Community Benefits Coalition in securing a CBA for the LeBreton Flats project.

- Rosemarie Powell

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