Comment 121242

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted April 14, 2017 at 13:15:46 in reply to Comment 121240

The new job opportunities will come from the 'Community Benefits Program' part of the project, which is specifically aimed at ensuring that benefits accrue to the local community, particularly the underprivileged. These Community Benefits Agreements are part of most large Metrolinx projects (e.g. in Toronto) and will part of Hamilton's.

In fact, I attended a meeting in the Spring about this.

Hamilton's Community Benefits Agreement will be signed with the successful bidder, but here is an example from Toronto (crosstown Egllinton) and comments on what will likely be in Hamilton's agreement. Apprenticeship programs will almost certainly be part of it.

Please don't be so quick to accuse people of lying when you don't actually know the details!

Hamilton will have a chance to see the kind of thing that could be coming as the local LRT gets closer by following what happens at the Metrolinx LRT project called Eglington Crosstown in Toronto.

The contract for that project was awarded last July and the agency required a community benefits plan and apprenticeship plan to be drafted within six months, Robinson said.

As part of their bid proposals, qualified consortia must include plans for increasing apprenticeship training on the Crosstown, providing significant opportunities for local companies, and ensuring design excellence and community benefits.

...ensure 10% of work hours go to disadvantaged local community members in Eglinton Crosstown project.

And I don't understand how you can claim that 6000 jobs are not actually jobs because people already working as construction workers might get most of them ... on that argument construction never provides jobs! Construction workers need construction projects if they want to actually be employed.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2017-04-14 13:24:37

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