Community Benefit Agreements

With almost half of Vancouver’s residents struggling to make ends meet, an innovative new policy approved by Council will provide more jobs and training for local residents and ensure diverse local businesses see expanded opportunities.

The new Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) process is a collaboration between communities, the development industry, and the City. The policy aims to reach the poverty reduction and community economic development goals in the Healthy City Strategy.

What is a CBA?

With a CBA, a developer commits to actions, targets, and outcomes relating to employment and procurement in a community where the development is occurring, or with equity-seeking groups in nearby communities.

What an equity-seeking group?

A group who may be treated differently because of their gender, faith, immigrant status, level of education, economic status, or sexual orientation.

Read the CBA report  (1.1 MB)

Components of the CBA Policy

Vancouver is the first major city in Canada to introduce a formal CBA policy, following community benefit frameworks introduced at the federal and provincial levels in 2018.

With a CBA, developers of future large-scale sites (exceeding 45,000 m2) will commit to actions, targets, or outcomes on three main components:

  1. First source hiring – making 10% of new entry level jobs available to people in Vancouver first, specifically those who are equity-seeking.

Purchasing a minimum of 10% of goods and services from local businesses, considering the following:

  1. Social procurement – valuing the positive social and environmental impacts created by purchasing select goods and services, in addition to value for money.
  2. Supplier diversity – purchasing from organizations that are at least 51% owned by women, members of an Indigenous community, members of a visible minority group, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, someone with a recognizable disability, or by an immigrant or refugee.

Our engagement process 2016-2018

We engaged with the public, a wide range of non-profits and community organizations, and with the real estate development industry throughout the development of the CBA policy. We met with:

  • The Urban Development Institute
  • The Urban Land Institute
  • The Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council
  • Social procurement and enterprise experts
  • The broader not-for-profit and social enterprise sector
  • Local residents and equity-seeking groups
  • Other Canadian cities developing CBA policies including Toronto and Victoria
  • Vancouver Economic Commission

Contact us about this policy

Community Economic Development Social Planner