The Community Benefit Network (CBN) is a co-creative process where stakeholders including the City of Vancouver social policy and planning staff, inner city community members, social enterprises, businesses, and developers work together to determine and implement benefits for and articulated by the community on any new development projects in Vancouver's inner city neighbourhoods.
The City of Vancouver passed the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) in 2018. The first new development to trigger a CBA is St. Paul's Hospital, a multi-year project where the CBA will require developers to ensurea 10% of new entry level jobs are available to people in Vancouver first, specifically those who are equity-seeking (first source hiring), and purchasing a minimum of 10% of goods and services from local businesses, considering social procurement and supplier diversity.
The CBN played an important role in developing the CBA for the City of Vancouver. Moving forward, the CBN will continue to promote social enterprises and social procurement for the purpose of CBAs, future-thinking planning to support capacity-building of social enterprises, and accountability to ensure social impacts are benefiting the local community.