Last year, Metrolinx partnered with Building Up to provide free window washing services to businesses along Eglinton Avenue affected by Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction. Read on to find out how the social enterprise continues to help those businesses.
Metrolinx and the Building Up program are making difference along Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue.
Over the past year, Building Up has partnered with Metrolinx on a window washing program for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
The program was designed to provide free window washing services to local businesses within a 200-metre radius of the station sites along the Eglinton corridor.
Building Up is a is a non-profit social enterprise that provides an intensive paid, in-class program and experiential learning on construction contracts to provide training and long-term construction careers to individuals with barriers to employment. Metrolinx will continue working with Building Up as construction along Eglinton Avenue continues.
To date, the window washing program has supported 274 businesses along Eglinton Avenue. This initiative has also provided 5,054 total hours paid directly in wages to Building Up trainees.
“Building Up trainees have spent time on the window washing project learning and building their skills to help them in their future careers,” said Adam Zweig, Building Up’s enterprise manager.
“Many of those folks have now moved on to various apprenticeships and career opportunities and are continuing their paths to successful sustainable employment.”
Since its inception, Building Up has served over 475 marginalized Torontonians, of which over 80 per cent have retained full time trades work.
Owners can sign up to register their business by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Building Up here.
Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx Senior Advisor, Rapid Transit