Ahmed Hussen put a private member’s bill before the House in late February. If passed, the Minister of Public Works could ask bidders on federal contracts to prove that their bid has community benefits—”local job creation and training opportunities, improvement of public space [or another] specific benefit”
The movement for community benefit agreements (CBAs) started in 2001 in Los Angeles, when the poor community around the Staples Center got tired of being pushed around by rich developers. They asked for good jobs, training, and other concessions in exchange for an expansion to the stadium.
Local social agencies have been pushing for—and getting—CBAs for a few years. I think it’s safe to say that York South—Weston is a bit of a leader in the area.