Details on community benefits plan for Gordie Howie International Bridge project released

Plan consists of two components

The community benefits plan is comprised of two components: the Workforce Development and Participation Strategy and the Neighborhood Infrastructure Strategy.

WINDSOR, Ontario - On Friday, representatives from Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, its private-sector partner, Bridging North America as well as the State of Michigan and the government of Canada, unveiled a comprehensive and robust community benefits plan for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

The community benefits plan is comprised of two components: the Workforce Development and Participation Strategy and the Neighborhood Infrastructure Strategy. In partnership with WDBA and Bridging North America, more than 30 agencies and organizations will support the implementation of the plan.

The Workforce Development and Participation Strategy is geared toward engaging businesses and providing employment opportunities including workforce development, training and pre- apprenticeship/apprenticeships. There are more than 80 workforce initiatives focusing on opportunities for Windsor and Detroit residents and businesses and Canadian Indigenous Peoples and their businesses.

Some highlights of the plan include:

WDBA and the State of Michigan will be directly involved in the delivery of the community benefits plan and will provide stringent oversight to ensure the commitments outlined are achieved and reported on.

Details of the Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits Plan are available at GordieHoweInternationalBridge.com.

  • The implementation of a Regional Small Business Purchase Protocol to foster growth of  small companies in the region  
  • Partnerships with local workforce development agencies to encourage applications from  local applicants for jobs, training and skill development opportunities  
  • Support to pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship programs and opportunities for Indigenous  women, students and youth.

 The Neighborhood Infrastructure Strategy is a $20 million (CDN) direct community investment on
 both sides of the border developed by public feedback and input. Collectively 29 initiatives are  identified in the strategy for implementation in Windsor, Detroit and Walpole Island First Nation.
 

Some highlights of the plan include:

  • Approximately $8.1 million for aesthetics and landscaping  
  • Approximately $3.5 million for community safety and connections  
  • Approximately $2.2 million for community partnerships  
  • Approximately $1.1 million for economic benefits

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