Maximizing Community Benefit

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Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, Terry Sheehan, has co-seconded a Private Member’s Bill aimed at maximizing community benefit from federal infrastructure funding.

The Private Member’s Bill, put forward by MP Ahmed Hussen, will attach community-benefits-agreements to public-works contracts funded by the federal government. The aim of the Bill is to compel companies bidding on improvement or building work in communities across Canada to commit to hiring local people, operating training and apprentice programs, and boosting the local economy.

“Part of what is great about our Government’s historical spending on infrastructure is the benefits this can have for the communities where infrastructure investments are taking place,” said MP Sheehan. “We want entire communities to benefit from infrastructure projects and that is why I am supporting this Bill.”