We speak with Symone Walters from Toronto Community Benefits Network about their Nex Gen Builders Program which connects youth from Black, Indigenous, and newcomer communities, who are in the process of preparing for work or who have been recently employed as apprentices or professionals in the construction industry with people from their respective communities who are veterans in the construction industry.
The Toronto Community Benefits Network has built a strong community-labour partnership with a support base of workforce development agencies, learning institutions, and funders. Collectively, they are having an impact on how the development process works, guided by the principles of the foundation document crafted by our members and supporters. TCBN envisions Toronto as an inclusive, thriving city in which all residents have equitable opportunities to contribute to healthy communities and a prospering economy. The expansion of transit now happening in Toronto will result in opportunities for good jobs and create markets for new businesses. It will also set the conditions for economic growth and intensification of urban areas around a network of mobility hubs. We believe that all Torontonians should have access to these opportunities stemming from infrastructure investments.