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.
Tridel is proud of the work we do to go beyond the ‘bricks and mortar’ to build homes and communities where people feel welcomed, empowered, and healthy. We know that what we create shapes how people live, work, and play and will impact communities now and into the future.
- Maggie Hall, Corporate Social Responsibility & Impact Manager
TORONTO COMMUNITY HOUSING CORPORATION
We are a proud partner in the revitalization of Alexandra Park and Regent 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 networking opportunities to both residents of our revitalization communities as well as other TCHC residents throughout the City of Toronto.
The Revitalization of Alexandra Park is a 15-year transformation that will enhance an already-vibrant community. 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, TCHC 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. Residents officially moved into their new homes in 2021.
PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY
Through our Partners in Community Program, we can create a powerful impact and forever change people’s lives for the better by facilitating gainful employment, advancing community programs and resident-led businesses, and promote leadership opportunities. To maximize our impact, we include a dedicated schedule into our construction tenders and agreements, committing us, our trades, and consultants to various levels of direct support including employment, mentoring, training, hiring, in-kind contributions, and more.
TRIDEL COMMUNITY WORX
To support residents of the Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) revitalization communities Tridel is the developer partner for, we developed a dedicated website, Tridel Community Worx, to be a resource for community members to get connected to available jobs and the support needed to find success at every step of their employment journey. We also want to showcase the amazing work being done in community with the help of our partners to celebrate the wonderful people who live there.
By the Numbers
- Support of Employment Initiatives
o Since 2020, Tridel has connected residents to 22 employment opportunities (8 F/T, 5 P/T, 9 Summer)
- Engagement on Tridel Community Worx
o Over 2,500 unique visitors and 5000+ unique page visits
- Engagement events (virtual & in-person) in Revitalization communities
o 2,000+ unique residents in Regent Park
“What our team has learned through our Community Economic Development initiatives is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. We try to bridge the gap between those with the skills, ability, and attitude and the jobs that exist in this growing, thriving industry.”
– Asal Afshar, Employment & Community Partnerships Manager
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Tridel works to promote healthier lifestyles for new homeowners by implementing initiatives such as animating spaces, promoting social cohesion between neighbours, and providing the opportunity to do some urban gardening.
Working with local artists, we look to animate spaces that are typically unused, like stairwells. By making them brighter, friendlier places to be, we hope to encourage greater physical health and well-being while also increasing chance encounters to connect with neighbours. We partner with organizations like STEPS & OCAD to bring a vision to life that represents the neighbourhood and design elements of the community. The next time you find yourself asking “elevator or stairs”, choose the stairs, and immerse yourself in art!
Community Ambassador Program
This initiative was launched at our new Aquabella community with our first event taking place to celebrate the holiday season. With the help of a Beavertails truck and a dedicated team of homeowner volunteers, we saw over 60 new residents get the opportunity to meet one another and share in the holiday spirit!
Despite living in close proximity to others in condominiums, neighbours are often strangers to one another. We’ve recognized the importance of building relationships, improving social cohesion, and reducing isolation.
The Community Ambassador Program was created to make it easy for homeowners to get involved with their new community. It’s an opportunity to meet neighbours and make a difference through organized, resident-led activities that are curated with the support of our Customer Care and Tridel Take Action Teams, Del Property Management, and the future Board of Directors.
Bowery Project is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities for urban agriculture in the City that redefines urban agriculture through their innovative, mobile approach to food production. Bowery curates thoughtful and creative programming and provides a supply of fresh food to local charities and food providers around the City.
A featured location supported by Tridel 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.
Check out Rachel Kimel, cofounder of Bowery Project, sharing more about Bowery’s purpose & work in Alexandra Park.
HOMEOWNER CLOSING GIFTS
THE GOOD GIFT
We believe it’s worth the extra effort to discover things that not only look and taste good, but also do good.
Our Good Gift homeowner closing gift program was tailored with homeowners’ health and wellbeing in mind and to positively contribute to the communities that give us the opportunity to grow and thrive. The Gift positively supports sustainable growth of our environment and communities, both locally and across Canada. We partner with organizations that promote local economic development and contribute to the creation of strong and resilient communities.
After all, we know, whether it’s about people, a home or even a simple box, it’s what’s inside that counts!
The Tridel Take Action Team is a group of employees who are passionate about making change in the communities where we build and beyond. The Take Action Team maximizes our social impact while increasing employee engagement contributing to 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 donation drives, just to name a few.
Support of Revitalization Communities
TCHC School Supply Annual Drive
Every year for the past 5 years, Tridel employees along with our partners at TCHC support an annual school supply drive in the three revitalization communities to ensure youth have the supplies & gear to start the school year off on the right foot. Last year, we came together to provide nearly 400 backpacks with supplies.
Holiday Giving Drive
Tridel employees get into the spirit of things every holiday season raising funds and providing gifts & grocery gift cards to families in communities. Last year, over 100 youth received gifts and 40 families received grocery gift cards.
Contributing to a Green, Clean Future
Doing our part to divert waste from landfill is standard business practice at Tridel. Be it on our construction sites or our Head Office, we do our best to ensure what can be diverted and donated, is.
At Tridel’s Head Office, we actively recycle our electronic waste throughout the year with the help of the Electronic Recycling Agency. Partnering with the GoodWill means that textiles can be repurposed, donated, or recycled, rather than thrown into the trash. Thousands of pounds of electronic waste and textiles are successfully diverted from landfill on a yearly basis at our head office alone.
Since 2020, we have diverted more than:
Learning & Celebrating Diversity in Communities
This year, Tridel supported the Alexandra Park Muslim Association Eid Celebrations in the community. Featuring gifts, amazing food, activities for kids, and ice cream, this event was a fantastic way to engage residents to celebrate the holiday.
Indigenous Peoples Month & National Indigenous Peoples Day
In the month of June, Tridel was excited to celebrate Indigenous Peoples through an interactive, virtual paint session with Ojibwe artist, Patrick Hunter. He shared his knowledge of Woodland art and the 7 Grandfather Teachings with employees.
Black History Month
We invited the Afiwi Groove School for a special virtual performance featuring dancing, drumming, and a discussion on African dance and how these traditions are being passed on to youth.
INVESTING IN YOUTH
BOLT’s mission is simple: assist under-resourced youth in the GTA connect to careers in construction.
Founded by Tridel, BOLT was launched in 2009 and established as a Charitable Foundation in 2013 to help under-resourced youth in the GTA access education, training and employment opportunities in the construction industry. Tridel is proud to be BOLT’s Principal & Founding Sponsor and help inspire the next generation of industry professionals with a focus on diversity and inclusion.
BOLT creates awareness about careers in construction, provides financial support for post-secondary and skilled training programs, and fosters community and industry partnerships to provide the supports necessary for success.
Through BOLT’s Speak Outs, Days of Discovery, Job Shadowing, and Financial Awards, we’ve seen young people transform their lives, maximize their potential and start meaningful careers in the construction industry.
A Dedicated Employment Specialist
BOLT recognized the importance of providing a personalized experience to youth seeking opportunities in the construction industry, and now have welcomed a full-time Employment Specialist – complimenting the work of Tridel’s own Employment & Community Partnerships Manager. Having someone work one-on-one with young people ensures no one falls through the cracks and their true potential can be realized.
“We want young people to know that their career goals are possible. We are here to support their educational journey as it builds a foundation of skills and confidence that will propel them forward.”
– Raly Chakarova, Executive Director BOLT
Branded Youth Entrepreneurship Conference
Tridel has been a proud supporter of the Branded Youth Entrepreneurship Conference for 5 years. 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 trend-setters and innovative business professionals, and get the opportunity to network with other young entrepreneurs. The conference also features a Pitch Contest, where Tridel’s Winnie Chan was a judge in awarding this year’s winner: Soft and Butter.
Indspire – Building Brighter Futures
Tridel is a proud supporter of the Building Brighter Futures Scholarship Fund for Indigenous Students through the Indspire Foundation, a Canadian Indigenous registered charity that supports and invests in the education of Indigenous people, their families, and many communities across the nation. Tridel supports those students who are pursuing careers in the professional, administrative, and technical professions.
Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship
Scholarships supported through Toronto Community Housing’s Investing in our Diversity program 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 are proud to be a supporter of this program and the talented youth as they embark on the next step of their educational and professional journeys.