Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) seek to achieve community benefits from infrastructure and development projects. They are collaboratively designed and implemented between communities, developers, and government.
Vancouver was 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. Our CBA Policy passed in October 2018.
Projects that have a Community Benefit Agreement under the Vancouver CBA Policy must demonstrate best efforts in meeting the following:
- Local, inclusive employment: Making 10% of new entry level jobs available to people in Vancouver first, specifically those who are equity-seeking (referred to in the policy as first source hiring)
- Social procurement: Procuring a minimum of 10% of material goods and services from third party certified social impact and/or equity seeking businesses, with a priority on Vancouver businesses.
- Local procurement: Attaining 10% procurement of materials, goods and services from Vancouver companies or companies located in Metro Vancouver or British Columbia. These may or may not also be equity-seeking third party certified businesses
Mandatory CBAs are required for development projects with over 45,000 square metres of floor space. If your project requires a CBA, you'll be notified during your re-zoning application process.
Development and operations permits are tied to the developer’s best-efforts to comply with the CBA Policy. The policy is built to be flexible. We'll work with the developer and community to address challenges in meeting the requirements.
Voluntary CBAs are a great option for development projects with less than 45,000 square metres of floor space to positively impact local communities.
Rezoning is not dependent on the CBA conditions being met.