Building a healthy, diverse and inclusive community –

the first step

Welcome to the LeBreton Flats Community Benefits Coalition.​   
We’re grateful you’ve stopped by and we’re hopeful we can count on your support to help realize our goals.

Since June 2019, over 25 Ottawa based organizations have come together to ensure that the LeBreton Flats redevelopment creates an urban community where all walks of life can live and work together: a community that is vibrant, equitable, healthy, and environmentally sustainable. We’ve been advocating to the National Capital Commission (NCC) that a LeBreton Flats Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is the best and most accountable way to maximize social and economic benefits for all citizens of Ottawa.

Our Coalition is inclusive, collaborative and community driven and, together, our members and constituencies number in the thousands. But we need your voices to amplify ours and help us convince the NCC to commit to a Community Benefits Agreement before their plans are finalized.

LeBreton Flats, just west of Parliament Hill, was once an important trading site of the Algonquin-Anishinaabe peoples and then it was a thriving working-class neighbourhood before its demolition in 1962. For nearly 60 years, the land in the Flats has remained vacant despite numerous efforts to develop it. We owe it to LeBreton’s historical legacy to ensure that it is redeveloped with Ottawa communities at the table from the beginning—both as collaborators and as spokespeople, to realize a wide range of socio-economic outcomes and to ensure accountability in its continuing development.

Community Benefits Agreements are in place in North America and internationally. This experience shows that a CBA is the most effective way to ensure a community-driven, collaborative and accountable approach to stretch the economic value of every dollar spent on the pre-construction, construction and operation of the built environment and infrastructure developments.

In the midst of the COVID pandemic, the LeBreton redevelopment is a leadership and innovation opportunity for the federal government and particularly for the National Capital Commission (NCC). We’re not talking about bricks and mortar leadership but leadership that innovates for social value outcomes, leadership that brings communities in as collaborators and partners, leadership that commits to a strong Community Benefits Agreement for LeBreton.

Since last summer, our Coalition has been busy advocating to the NCC for a LeBreton CBA. We have drafted a diverse set of possible targets for a LeBreton CBA. In January 2020, the Coalition presented the NCC with a flexible and adaptable 5-step Roadmap demonstrating how a CBA could work for the specific circumstances of the LeBreton project. So far, the NCC has ignored our proposed Roadmap.

So, there’s more work to do to get to our CBA goal and we need your support to do this. It’s our view that concluding a CBA for LeBreton Flats is only the first step in building a broad-based movement for CBAs in Ottawa, something which has already happened in other cities such as Toronto and Vancouver.

Please have a look at the rest of our website and if you agree with our views and approach, sign the Petition we will soon be presenting to the NCC.

Bienvenue sur la page de la Coalition des avantages communautaires des plaines LeBreton.
Nous apprécions votre visite et nous espérons que nous pourrons compter sur votre soutien pour nous aider à réaliser nos objectifs.

Depuis juin 2019, plus de 25 organismes d’Ottawa se sont unis pour s’assurer que le réaménagement des plaines LeBreton crée une collectivité urbaine où les gens de tous les milieux peuvent y vivre et y travailler; une collectivité dynamique, équitable, saine et écologiquement durable. Nous avons tenté de persuader la Commission de la capitale nationale (CCN) qu’une Convention des avantages communautaires (CAC) est la meilleure et la façon la plus transparente de maximiser les avantages socio-économiques qui pourraient être tirés du réaménagement des plaines LeBreton.

Notre coalition est inclusive, collaborative et communautaire et ensemble, nos membres et nos groupes d’intérêts se comptent par milliers. Mais nous avons besoin de votre voix qui s’ajoutera aux nôtres pour nous aider à convaincre la CCN de s’engager à respecter une Convention des avantages communautaires avant la finalisation de leurs plans.

Les plaines LeBreton, situées juste à l’ouest de la colline parlementaire, était jadis un site d’échange important entre les peoples Algonquin et Anishinaabe puis c’était un quartier ouvrier florissant avant sa démolition en 1962. Pendant près de 60 ans, ce terrain est demeuré vacant malgré de nombreux efforts pour le développer. Pour protéger l’héritage historique des plaines LeBreton, nous devons nous assurer que ce site est réaménagé avec les collectivités d’Ottawa à la table du début des discussions en tant que collaborateurs et en tant que porte-paroles, afin d’atteindre un large éventail de résultats socio-économiques et garantir la responsabilisation dans son développement continu.

Les Conventions des avantages communautaires existent en Amérique du Nord et à l’échelle internationale. Cette expérience montre qu’une CAC est la façon la plus efficace d’assurer une approche communautaire, collaborative et responsable pour mettre à profit la valeur économique de chaque dollar dépensé sur la pré-construction, la construction et l’opération de l’environnement bâti et des développements des infrastructures.

En pIein milieu de la pandémie COVID, le réaménagement LeBreton est une occasion pour le gouvernement fédéral et plus particulièrement pour la Commission de la capitale nationale (NCC), de démontrer du leadership et de l’innovation. Nous ne parlons pas uniquement de briques et de mortier, mais un leadership qui innove pour atteindre des résultats en matière de valeurs sociales, un leadership qui rassemble des collectivités pour en faire des collaborateurs et des partenaires, un leadership qui s’engage à établir une Convention des avantages communautaires forte pour LeBreton.

Depuis l’été dernier, la coalition a été très occupée à défendre une CAC LeBreton auprès de la CCN. Nous avons rédigé diverses ébauches d’objectifs possibles pour une CAC LeBreton. En janvier 2020, la coalition a présenté une feuille de route flexible et adaptable, en 5 étapes, qui démontre comment une CAC pourrait fonctionner pour les circonstances particulières du projet LeBreton. Jusqu’à présent, la CCN a ignoré notre proposition de feuille de route.

Donc, il nous reste beaucoup de travail à accomplir pour atteindre notre objectif d’une CAC et nous avons besoin de votre soutien pour y parvenir. Nous estimons que conclure une CAC pour les plaines LeBreton n’est que le premier pas vers l’établissement d’un vaste mouvement en faveur des CAC à Ottawa, ce qui existe déjà à Toronto et à Vancouver.

Nous vous invitons à visiter le reste de notre site web et si vous êtes d’accord avec notre point de vue et notre approche, veuillez signer la pétition que nous présenterons bientôt à la CCN.

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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