Building a healthy, diverse and inclusive Ottawa
Ottawa is undergoing significant development. Billions will be spent on building and infrastructure projects over the next 10 years. But we also face big challenges to improve our lives… affordable housing, grocery access, decent jobs for all, parks, and clean air. We need your voice to advocate that the development process of these new infrastructure projects includes Community Benefits Agreements. The power to make change is in your hands.
Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs)
CBAs aim to achieve better outcomes from building projects for the community. These are legal agreements between residents, community groups, developers and government. CBAs exist in North America and around the world and are a proven model to ensure that development projects are community-driven, collaborative and accountable. Examples of benefits achieved from CBAs are affordable housing, childcare facilities, health and social services, decent work, and sustainable transportation and energy.
The Ottawa Community Benefits Network
The OCBN was formed in 2019 to build partnerships and advocate for a CBA approach in Ottawa. Our Network now includes over 35 members and allies and is inclusive, collaborative and community driven. Together, our members and constituencies number in the tens of thousands. Our goal is to ensure that building projects help build communities for all of us. We advocate for an Ottawa that is inclusive, equitable, healthy and sustainable for people from all walks of life.
The Work of the Network
The network focuses on using the CBA approach to achieve community benefits from major infrastructure projects such as the LeBreton Flats redevelopment project, the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility building, and future projects like the new Civic Hospital development.