Being Built for Life means going beyond building quality homes, it is contributing to strong and vibrant communities that will positively impact society as a whole. It’s about community building, promoting health and wellness, connecting us to one another and our environment, and supporting the lifestyle of each of our residents and neighbours. We build communities that are good for people and good for our planet.
We go beyond bricks and mortar by investing in engagement and economic development initiatives that lead to strong, resilient communities.
- Danielle Feidler, SVP, Brand Experience
We want to build communities that redefine what it means to be social. It is more than just physical spaces but building relationships and fostering cohesion amongst all residents through initiatives and activities that connect us to one another and our surrounding space. We encourage involvement of residents and neighbours alike, so that a new building is not just another community, but their community.
An integral aspect to the growth of resilient and strong communities is through the support of local micro-enterprises and the promotion of Community Economic Development (CED).
- Attain Fitwel certification for our Phase 2 of Alexandra Park Revitalization master-planned community and for The Well. The Fitwel Certification System is a global program aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of building residents through stairwell graphics to promote use of stairs, exceeding requirement for exercise equipment, and promoting overall nutrition with community gardens, water filtrations and access to potable water in all areas of the building.
- Work alongside our contractors, trade partners, and suppliers to promote equitable hiring, training, and job creation practices for equity-seeking groups
- Partner with community social enterprises to leverage local talent and skills to produce high-quality goods and items as part of our new homeowner green gift initiative
TORONTO COMMUNITY HOUSING CORPORATION
We are a proud partner in the revitalization of Regent Park and Alexandra Park in downtown Toronto and Leslie Nymark in North York. Revitalization represents a unique and long term private-public partnership between Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and Tridel. Through our involvement in these projects, we have been able to provide access to employment, job shadowing, training, scholarships and mentoring opportunities to both residents of our revitalization communities as well as other TCHC residents throughout the City of Toronto.
Our New Partnership
with Regent Park
Tridel is honoured to be selected as TCHC’s developer partner for Phase 4 & 5 at Regent Park. We look forward to working together with the Regent Park community and our partners at TCHC and continuing the revitalization work of this neighbourhood.
Read more at TCHC’s Press Release
The Revitalization of Regent Park is a five-phase project located east of downtown Toronto which will be a mixed-income neighbourhood with new residential buildings, retail, community facilities and parks. Tridel was recently announced as the developer partner for Phases 4 and 5 of Regent Park, and we very much look forward to collaborating with our new community partners.
The revitalization of Alexandra Park is a 15-year transformation that will enhance an already-vibrant community where people can thrive. Having been selected as the developer partner for Phase II, we will continue to work with our partners at TCHC, City of Toronto, residents of the Atkinson Co-op and our SQ and SQ2 Communities in developing impactful social and economic development plans that build on the success of the first phase of revitalization.
In 2010, Toronto Community Housing and Tridel announced their partnership in revitalizing the Villaways neighbourhood in North York at Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue East, known as Leslie Nymark. Since then, residents of this community have earned scholarships and meaningful jobs as well as participated in training programs around the City.
Inside the Annual ‘Back on the Block’ Celebration at Alexandra Park
Showcasing Alexandra Park’s annual ‘Back on the Block’ celebration, this video portrays the strong sense of community between existing, past, and future neighbours. This event allows neighbours, partners, agencies, and Tridel, as the developer partner, to celebrate the history and future of the community, together. Take a walk back in time to see what we can look forward to when it’s safe to gather together once again!
HEALTH and WELLBEING
Animation of Unused Spaces
We work to promote healthier lifestyles for our new homeowners by implementing initiatives such as animating spaces that otherwise wouldn’t be used often. At several of our communities, we painted stairwell graphics to promote use of stairs by residents and their guests. Livening up these spaces encourages physical health and well-being while also increasing chance encounters to connect with neighbours.
As part of the City of Toronto’s Ten Year Cycling Network Plan, the need for alternative and sustainable forms of transportation to reduce emissions by taking more cars off the road is clear.
Our community located at Queen and Spadina, SQ2, is now home to the highly-anticipated and fully-electric bikeshare program with e-bike company, Elby. This program provides our homeowners with a convenient, sustainable, and affordable means to navigate their community and city. Beyond these benefits, this program encourages our homeowners to lead a healthy lifestyle and have fun at the same time!
Bowery Project At Alexandra Park
Bowery Project is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities for urban agriculture in the City.
Bowery redefines urban agriculture through their innovative, mobile approach to food production, making the initiative well-suited to redevelopment. Bowery curates thoughtful and creative programming and provides a supply of fresh food to local charities and food providers around the City.
One installation is located in the Alexandra Park Community, where herbs and vegetables have been used for on-site cooking at the Community Centre and to provide supplementary items to food security initiatives.
LivingWell™ at Delmanor
Delmanor provides senior accommodations with a goal of enhancing the daily experience of their clients by offering dependable, personalized attention.
Delmanor’s signature LivingWell™ program and individualized personal coaching has shown to dramatically improve the health and well-being of Delmanor Residents. LivingWell™ includes cardio, strength training, brain health and life-long learning – such as our popular LivingWell™ lecture series.
Delmanor has also made a number of design enhancements in their communities to promote health and safety. Some of which include: lighting patterns that are designed to mimic circadian cycles for sleep assistance, timed electronic faucets to prevent injuries from running hot water and colour coded doors to assist residents with suite identification.
INVESTING IN OUR YOUTH
FOR LIFE TODAY
BOLT’s mission is simple: assist under-resourced youth connect to education and careers in construction. When BOLT was founded in 2009 and granted charitable status in 2013, we knew this Foundation
would be instrumental in setting up the next generation of industry professionals for success. Through Speak Outs, Days of Discovery, job shadowing opportunities, and financial awards, we’ve seen young people transform to confident and self-sufficient members of this thriving, global industry.
“We want students to know that their career goals are possible. We want to support their educational journey as it builds a foundation of skills and confidence that will propel them forward. We are there to watch and support students as they grow and develop, and for BOLT, this is what drives us.”
– Joanne Bin, Executive Director BOLT
Supporting Training Programs for Youth
The BOLT Charitable Foundation recognizes the importance of training and education for youth to pursue a successful and rewarding career in construction and the trades. Investing in programs like Hammer Heads and Building Up, that incorporate life skills training and provide exposure to a variety of careers in this growing industry, have demonstrated time and time again how when youth are given the chance to succeed, their potential can be unlocked.
Supporting over 75 youth through Hammer Heads and 17 youth in the Building Up Program.
A Dedicated Employment Specialist
BOLT recognized the importance of providing a personalized experience to youth seeking opportunities in the construction industry, and we now have a full-time Employment Specialist. Having someone on our team who works one-on-one with young people ensures no one falls through the cracks and their true potential can be realized.
We are a strong supporter of education in the construction industry. We felt it was necessary to enter into a partnership with George Brown College where we both had the common goal of developing the next generation of industry talent. The Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management, Ontario’s only four-year degree program in Construction Management, emerged so that together, Tridel and GBC may develop leading edge education programs and facilities in the construction industry.
“George Brown’s strength as an
educator and innovator in the construction and engineering industry is greatly influenced by partners like Tridel, who help ensure our programs remain among the most relevant to the industry.”
– Anne Sado, President of George Brown College
BOLT has been supporting students at George Brown College (GBC) since 2009. Through the provision of financial awards and partnering to deliver highly-educational and interactive Days of Discovery, BOLT and GBC are able to jointly deliver on the common goal of developing the next generation of industry talent.
O4AY Employer Coalition
Tridel is a member of the Opportunity For All Youth (O4AY) employer-led coalition, which focuses on getting NEET youth (not in education, employment, or training) into jobs. We are an active supporter of the coalition – participating by interviewing candidates at the yearly job fair and working across all of our sister companies to find meaningful employment opportunities. Those who may need or want additional training or certification are provided with resources from BOLT.
Investing In Our Diversity Scholarship
This year, our BOLT Foundation contributed to Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship program. These scholarships are awarded to young leaders from TCHC communities who have made a strong contribution to their community by promoting diversity, equity, and anti-racism dialogue. We were proud to host them for a celebration of their successes at our Head Office.
We believe being a strong leader in the industry also means being an active leader in the community. At Tridel, volunteering at events and supporting foundations, charities and community groups is important, as it enables these organizations dedicated to helping make our communities better places for us to call home.
The Tridel Take Action Team, our group of passionate change-makers volunteer their time, maximize our social impact, increase employee engagement and cultivate a positive brand awareness all while implementing our CSR WISE vision. Events the Take Action Team has been a part of include Toronto Pride, Waste Reduction Week, and CAN-struction in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank, just to name a few. Many of our initiatives directly benefit the revitalization communities we are the developer partner for.
To maximize our ability to make an impact across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), we actively contribute to several amazing causes that align with our WISE CSR pillars. Tridel has supported and has been involved with over 50 charitable foundations over the last year. Some of these include:
Branded Youth Entrepreneurship Conference
For the second year in a row, Tridel was a proud sponsor of the Branded Youth Entrepreneurship Conference. This conference focuses on developing young entrepreneurs from priority neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto.Young people receive coaching from marketing experts, are introduced to current trendsetters and innovative business professionals, and get the opportunity to network with other young entrepreneurs. The conference also features a Pitch Contest, where Tridel’s very-own Danielle Feidler, SVP of Brand Experience, was a judge and helped make the decision to award $5,000 to be used for the winner to grow their idea. Andrea DelZotto, EVP of Tridel, delivered the closing to the conference where she encouraged youth to embrace their uniqueness and choose passion over what is easy.
DelSuites Donates Furniture to Keep Toronto Safe
With so much need in Toronto and around the world, large urban centres have placed the health and well-being of the City’s most vulnerable as an urgent priority. Specifically, this involves helping the growing homeless population off the street while also reducing the number of people in the shelter system.
Delsuites engaged Mayor John Tory, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao and Toronto city staff to see how they could help. It was quickly realized that a substantial furniture donation, from beds to couches to kitchen tables would have a great impact. The donated furniture from Delsuites will be placed into empty units for Toronto’s homeless population.
Delmanor Gives Back
Delmanor is commited to contributing to the community in meaningful ways, allowing residents and employees the opportunity to support community based non-profit organizations in our neighbourhood.
George Brown Food Court Social (Distancing)
Tridel is an annual sponsor of the George Brown College Food Court Social in support of their Augmented Education Program. While this event is typically a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet some of Toronto’s top culinary talent in-person, the 2020 version of the event provided an unforgettable virtual experience – cooking alongside these chefs in the comfort (and safety) of your own home! A few lucky employees were provided the opportunity to join this year’s Social and were sent pre-assembled “kits” prepared by GBC, that consisted of the ingredients and drink pairings to make a stellar meal to share with a friend or family member, all while learning from some of the best local chefs.
With every donation of blood, there is the potential to save three lives. Acknowledging the ever-pressing need for blood, particularly in the time of COVID-19, our Take Action team organized a blood drive. We had over 20 donors, which means 9,000 ml of donated blood and the potential to save 60 lives!
Holiday Giving Drive
The holiday season is a time we all look forward to – bright lights, togetherness, and festivities. Not even a pandemic was not going to get in the way.
Every year, the Take Action team launches the annual Holiday Giving Campaign to spread joy and magic in the communities where we build. We mobilized our employees to donate through CanadaHelps.org to provide 100 toys to children and 40 grocery gift cards to under-resourced households.
Yee Hong Community Wellness
Tridel has supported the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation for over 30 years. The Foundation provides culturally-appropriate care to thousands of seniors and their families throughout the Greater Toronto Area.