Item - 2019.EC6.15

Tracking Status

EC6.15 - Community Benefits Framework

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 16, 17 and 18, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council amend the Guiding Principle on Achieving Accountability in Attachment 1 to the report (June 11, 2019) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to read as follows:

 

"3. Achieve Accountability. The City of Toronto's community benefits processes will be consistent, transparent, and accountable to its stakeholders. Community benefits initiatives will establish hard targets, and report on outcomes."

 

2.  City Council adopt the Community Benefits Framework Goal and Principles, and Implementation Plan as set out in Attachment 1 to the report (June 11, 2019) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, as amended by Part 1 above.

 
3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to submit a budget proposal in the 2020 budget process for 1.0 Full Time Equivalent to support the Community Benefits Framework.

 
4.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, and General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to convene a Community Benefits Advisory Group, with consideration for stakeholder membership categories as set out in Attachment 2 to the report (June 11, 2019) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration. 

 

5.  City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to include the Toronto Community Benefits Network as one of the community representatives on the Community Benefits Advisory Group, the details of which will be clarified in a Terms of Reference by the end of 2019.

 
6.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report back to Economic and Community Development Committee in the first quarter of 2022 with a status update on the Community Benefits Framework Implementation Plan, and recommendations for Community Benefits Framework future direction.

 

7.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, the Chief Purchasing Official, the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, and the General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, in collaboration with the Community Benefits Coordinator, to provide data required to report annually starting in 2019 and going forward, on City of Toronto community benefits targets and or achievements on a project by project basis where possible, to be published on a City web page by year-end 2019, and with consideration for aligning with an open data approach.

 

8.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, the Chief Purchasing Officer and the City Solicitor, to develop and report back in the third quarter of 2020 on:

 

a. recommendations to advance the City of Toronto's community benefit initiatives, including additional and/or higher minimum hard targets;

 

b. a jurisdictional scan of best practices related to hard targets on community benefits, including community engagement, criteria and actual hard targets; and

 

c. an indication of the required resources to move the Community Benefits Framework forward.

 

9.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, through the Community Benefits Coordinator, to support, as resources allow, any community benefits initiatives that may fall outside the focus of the Implementation Plan but are consistent with the guiding principles of the Community Benefits Framework, including private developments on privately-owned land where community groups and developers are both willing to enter into exploratory discussions.

 

10. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, the Chief Purchasing Officer, Purchasing and Materials Management, the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, and the General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, in collaboration with the Community Benefits Coordinator, and the City Councillor for Ward 24, Scarborough Guildwood, to utilize the Sir Robert L. Borden property located at 200 Poplar Road as a job skills training centre to assist job candidates from equity seeking groups, including Indigenous peoples, by providing pre-employment training and employment supports prior to and during employment, to maximize employment retention in eastern Scarborough.

 

11.  City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to include the Mount Dennis community as part of the Community Benefits Network pilot.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 11, 2019) Report and Attachments 1 to 6 from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Community Benefits Framework
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-134595.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(July 11, 2019) Supplementary report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Community Benefits Framework and Hard Targets (EC6.15a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-135947.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 26, 2019) Letter from Richard M. De Gaetano (EC.New.EC6.15.1)
(June 26, 2019) Letter from Heather Marshall, Toronto Environmental Alliance (EC.New.EC6.15.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ec/comm/communicationfile-95735.pdf
(June 26, 2019) Submission from Toronto Community Benefits Network - 2018 Annual Report (EC.New.EC6.15.3)
(June 26, 2019) Submission from Erinn Burke (EC.New.EC6.15.4)

Communications (City Council)

(July 12, 2019) Submission from Ushnish Sengupta (CC.Supp.EC6.15.5)
(July 12, 2019) Letter from Mohammed Hashim, Senior Organizer, Toronto and York Region Labour Council (CC.Supp.EC6.15.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-96088.pdf
(July 15, 2019) Letter from Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (CC.New.EC6.15.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-96137.pdf
(July 16, 2019) Letter from Troy Budhu and Tamara Jeremie, Co-Chairs, Economic Opportunities Action Group of Jane Finch TSNS Task Force (CC.New.EC6.15.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-96138.pdf
(July 15, 2019) Letter from Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network (CC.New.EC6.15.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-96165.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services and the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to include the Toronto Community Benefits Network as one of the community representatives on the Community Benefits Advisory Group, the details of which will be clarified in a Terms of Reference by the end of 2019.


1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to include the Mount Dennis community as part of the Community Benefits Network pilot.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, the Chief Purchasing Officer, Purchasing and Materials Management, the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, and the General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, in collaboration with the Community Benefits Coordinator, and the City Councillor for Ward 24, Scarborough Guildwood, to utilize the Sir Robert L. Borden property located at 200 Poplar Road as a job skills training centre to assist job candidates from equity seeking groups, including Indigenous peoples, by providing pre-employment training and employment supports prior to and during employment, to maximize employment retention in eastern Scarborough.


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, the Chief Purchasing Officer, Purchasing and Materials Management, and the City Solicitor, to develop and report back in the third quarter of 2020, on:

 

a. recommendations to advance the City of Toronto's community benefit initiatives, including additional and/or higher minimum hard targets;

 

b. a jurisdictional scan of best practices related to hard targets on community benefits, including community engagement, criteria and actual hard targets; and

 

c. an indication of the required resources to move the Community Benefits Framework forward.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-18-2019 2:13 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EC6.15 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 20 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Michael Ford, Mike Layton, James Pasternak, John Tory

EC6.15 - Community Benefits Framework

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Economic and Community Development Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council amend the Guiding Principle on Achieving Accountability in Attachment 1 to the report (June 11, 2019) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to read as follows:

 

"3. Achieve Accountability. The City of Toronto's community benefits processes will be consistent, transparent, and accountable to its stakeholders. Community benefits initiatives will establish hard targets, and report on outcomes."

 

2.  City Council adopt the Community Benefits Framework Goal and Principles, and Implementation Plan as set out in Attachment 1 to the report (June 11, 2019) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, as amended by Recommendation 1.

 
3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, to submit a budget proposal in the 2020 budget process for 1.0 Full Time Equivalent to support the Community Benefits Framework.

 
4.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, and General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to convene a Community Benefits Advisory Group, with consideration for stakeholder membership categories as set out in Attachment 2 to the report (June 11, 2019) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration. 

 
5.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report back to Economic and Community Development Committee in the first quarter of 2022 with a status update on the Community Benefits Framework Implementation Plan, and recommendations for Community Benefits Framework future direction.

 

6.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, Chief Purchasing Official, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, and General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, in collaboration with the Community Benefits Coordinator, to provide data required to report annually starting in 2019 and going forward, on City of Toronto community benefits targets and/or achievements on a project by project basis where possible, to be published on a City webpage by year-end 2019, and with consideration for aligning with an open data approach.

  

7.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, through the Community Benefits Coordinator, to support, as resources allow, any community benefits initiatives that may fall outside the focus of the Implementation Plan but are consistent with the guiding principles of the Community Benefits Framework, including private developments on privately-owned land where community groups and developers are both willing to enter into exploratory discussions.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Economic and Community Development Committee:

 

1.  Requested the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report directly to the July 16 and 17, 2019 City Council meeting to provide additional information on where community benefits hard targets would apply within the proposed community benefits framework.

Origin

(June 11, 2019) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration

Summary

 

Toronto is a prosperous economic engine of the region and country, yet it also suffers from high rates of poverty, growing income inequality, and a rise in precarious work[1]. Youth, immigrants, racialized people and women are particularly disadvantaged, and face significant barriers to opportunity[2]. The Community Benefits Framework responds to these social and economic conditions by utilizing City community benefits levers to create targeted hiring and training opportunities, provide economic opportunities, reduce poverty, and support community priorities among Indigenous peoples and equity-seeking groups in Toronto. 

 

Community benefits processes offer a way for government and other institutions to multiply the impact of their spending. Community benefits can be leveraged by infrastructure projects that are funded through City procurement processes, or incentivized by the City. In this report, community benefits outcomes are focussed on: 1) inclusive workforce development, 2) supply chain diversity, and 3) other community-identified priorities. At this time, it is not recommended that the Community Benefits Framework apply to private developments although, Economic Development and Culture Division has recently recommended a pilot program be implemented, which would further encourage community benefits activities through private development projects that receive grants[3].

 

The community benefits concept has gained significant attention at the City of Toronto. City Divisions, Agencies, and Corporations increasingly seek guidance and subject-matter expertise on how to integrate community benefits into their programs and projects.

 

The Community Benefits Framework sets out a clear goal, guiding principles, and implementation plan, which will build the City of Toronto's capacity to create and implement community benefits opportunities within City programs and projects.

 

To maximize the impact of community benefit initiatives and facilitate simple and efficient implementation, the Community Benefits Framework intends to bring the City's community benefits initiatives under a common umbrella to: 1) achieve better coordination across initiatives, 2) implement consistent approaches, 3) support community engagement, and 4) develop a data tracking system to monitor outcomes.

 

The Community Benefits Framework will not replace the existing administrative role of Divisional programs. Community benefits initiatives will continue to be administered and maintained through respective City Divisions, Agencies, and Corporations.

 

The recommendations in this report support the City of Toronto to maximize the social and economic impacts of community benefits initiatives when it buys, builds, or provides financial incentives for construction or remediation. 

 
[1] United Way Greater Toronto. 2019. Rebalancing the Opportunity Equation. https://unitedwaygt.org/file/2019_OE_fullreport_FINAL.pdf
[2] Ibid.
[3] EC5.13 Improving the Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology Local Employment Requirement

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EC5.13 

Background Information

(June 11, 2019) Report and Attachments 1 to 6 from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Community Benefits Framework
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-134595.pdf

Communications

(June 26, 2019) Letter from Richard M. De Gaetano (EC.New.EC6.15.1)
(June 26, 2019) Letter from Heather Marshall, Toronto Environmental Alliance (EC.New.EC6.15.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ec/comm/communicationfile-95735.pdf
(June 26, 2019) Submission from Toronto Community Benefits Network - 2018 Annual Report (EC.New.EC6.15.3)
(June 26, 2019) Submission from Erinn Burke (EC.New.EC6.15.4)

Speakers

Nation Cheong, United Way Greater Toronto
Patrick McManus, Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association
Heather Marshall, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Ana Teresa Portillo, Parkdale Peopleís Economy
Rick Ciccarelli, Mount Dennis Community Association
Rosemarie Powell, Toronto Community Benefits Network
Kumsa Baker, Toronto Community Benefits Network
Ahmed Abdi
Mamadou Bah, Toronto Community Benefits Network
Anthony Tubbs, Liuna Local 183
Mercedes Sharpe Zayas, Parkdale Peopleís Economy
Erinn Burke, Jane Finch Centre
Ameen Binwalee, Out of the Box Social Enterprise

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration report directly to the July 16 and 17, 2019 City Council meeting to provide additional information on where community benefits hard targets would apply within the proposed community benefits framework.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mark Grimes (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, Chief Purchasing Official, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, and General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, in collaboration with the Community Benefits Coordinator, to provide data required to report annually starting in 2019 and going forward, on City of Toronto community benefits targets and/or achievements on a project by project basis where possible, to be published on a City webpage by year-end 2019, and with consideration for aligning with an open data approach.

  

2.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, through the Community Benefits Coordinator, to support, as resources allow, any community benefits initiatives that may fall outside the focus of the Implementation Plan but are consistent with the guiding principles of the Community Benefits Framework, including private developments on privately-owned land where community groups and developers are both willing to enter into exploratory discussions.

                                                                                                                              

3.  City Council amend the Guiding Principle on Achieving Accountability in Attachment 1 to read as follows:

 

"3. Achieve Accountability. The City of Toronto's community benefits processes will be consistent, transparent, and accountable to its stakeholders. Community benefits initiatives will establish hard targets, and report on outcomes."


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Mark Grimes (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council