Community Benefits and Supports

Community Benefits & Supports

Leaving communities better than we found them.

Four-Pillar Program

Metrolinx Community Benefits & Supports will be implemented across our transit projects region-wide and delivered in a consistent way to mitigate impacts on local communities and businesses.

Pillar 1: Employment Opportunities

This pillar promotes apprenticeship training and workforce development opportunities for local communities and equity seeking groups including 10% hiring targets for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), women, apprentices and requirements for an anti-racism policy.


As of June 2023, 26% of the workforce hired on the Finch West LRT have identified as Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour.

Pillar 2: Local Business Supports

This pillar builds and fosters relationships with local businesses to minimize and alleviate business disruptions & reduce the economic impacts as a result of construction, for example through shop local initiatives & procurement from local businesses.

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Building Up delivers window washing services to 270+ businesses along Eglinton Crosstown LRT corridor on a two-week cycle all-year round. As of June 2023, over $169.2M has been spent in local investments (social enterprises and local businesses) across the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Finch West LRT and Hazel McCallion LRT

Pillar 3: Public Realm Improvements

During the design and development phase of our projects, we are finding ways to leave the surroundings in an improved state when construction of the project creates temporary disruptions.

Community Open House Ontario Line

Through work on the Ontario Line, Metrolinx is increasing the area of four parks impacted by transit construction by 2,600 square metres

Pillar 4: Community Improvement Supports

We are working with communities as a connector to the right decision-makers to make improvements to public spaces surrounding transit project construction, where no funding is available.

MSF Land

MSF land transferred to the City of Toronto for the construction of a community centre in the Finch West community