Special Projects is the vehicle through which Labour Community Services acts as a “bridge” between the labour movement (in York Region and Toronto) and the wider community. As part of the bridging process, Special Projects coordinates with labour alliances/coalitions and community groups to address and seek solutions to current and emerging social issues. This collaborative work includes liaising with organizations and projects like Toronto Community Benefits Network and Labour Education Centre’s TradeLinx program supporting the receipt of some of their charitable funds.
Working with groups such as Good Jobs For All Coalition, Social Planning of York Region, Lawrence Heights Inter-Organizational Network (LHION), Toronto Not-for-profit network, Social Planning Toronto, East Scarborough Storefront, West Scarborough Community Legal Services, and others, efforts are made toward creating a just and equitable society for all. Special Projects also provides support to the Equity Committee of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council. It is a portfolio through which campaigns are developed and or implemented, such as the Refugee Next Door and Yes, It Matters! Addressing Systemic Racism.