Positive social value initiatives, including social procurement strategies and Community Benefit Agreements, hold the promise of building more wealth within our communities. They have the ability to engage business, government, and community sectors in different ways, to work together towards reducing poverty and building more inclusive economies. Two regions in southwestern Ontario – Peel Region and Halton Region – are building the case for and are pursuing social procurement practices and large-scale Community Benefit Agreements, with the support of laws and policies at the local and provincial level.
André Lyn of the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy and Leena Sharma Seth of the Halton Poverty Roundtable, joins us with Rosemarie Powell of the Toronto Community Benefits Network, to talk about their experiences with initiatives that are increasing social value in the community, including the recent successful Metrolinx Community Benefits Framework, which was signed as part of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Transit Railway (LRT) development. In this webinar, they look at some of the most frequently asked questions, such as, assessing community benefit opportunities, identifying and engaging the right people at the table, how to define success, and more.