P3 2020: CBA experts discuss Canadian, U.S. experiences at P3 conference

A panel of union experts discussed their different experiences with Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) across Canada and even across the border.

The event was part of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) 28th annual conference, which was held virtually this year.

Lionel Railton, Canadian director for the International Union of Operating Engineers, outlined the B.C. landscape, where Premier John Horgan’s NDP Party introduced its CBA policy as a minority government but had recently been re-elected with a majority. Railton explained in the B.C. context, the NDP created the BC Infrastructure Benefits Corporation (BCIB) which acts as the employer for all employees on CBA projects to ensure that underrepresented groups are getting opportunities and all are receiving fair pay and benefits. Currently there are several CBA projects underway.

“It is early days but things are going well,” said Railton.

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