“To have the support of an organization like the Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation... is outstanding. We greatly appreciate their dedication to safety not only in the construction industry, but also in the community".
Andrea Robertson, President and CEO of STARS
Building Trades of Alberta turns its belief in responsible citizenship into action, day-in and day-out. Since the inception of the BTA Charitable Foundation in 2001, the BTA and its 75,000 building trade workers have contributed more than $5 million to worthwhile organizations in the province of Alberta. Whether through sponsoring worthwhile organizations, support for the Charitable Foundation, Flood Relief work, or volunteering labour to Habitat for Humanity, we have always worked to make Alberta communities better places to live.
Check out these examples of the Building Trades of Alberta supporting Albertans and Alberta communities! Better yet, become involved yourself!
Over the years, Building Trades of Alberta has partnered with many worthwhile organizations through donations and sponsorships. We have supported scholarships, education resource development, conferences, awards, and events. Through these partnerships, we assist important community organizations and promote excellence within the building trades and the construction industry.
In 2014, Building Trades of Alberta made financial donations totaling $252,850. In addition, the BTA affiliate unions support many worthwhile causes independently and through the Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation. Together, we volunteer our time and money to make Alberta communities better places to live. Our 2014 recipients include:
- Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Awards Sponsorship
- Alberta Chamber of Resources
- Alberta Congress Board
- Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association
- Aspen Foundation
- Broadbent Institute
- BuildForce Canada
- Canadian Mental Health Association :"Bottom Line Conference" March 4-6th, 2014
- Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation
- Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU) Policy Conference
- Careers: The Next Generation - 2014 RAP Scholarship Recipients Awards Night
- COAA Best Practices Conference v
- Coalition for a Safer Highway 63/881
- Edmonton District Labour Council Labour Day BBQ
- Edmonton Food Bank / Turkey Drive
- Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club
- Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
- Greater Edmonton Alliance
- Job Safety Skills Society
- Keyano College Foundation BTA Scholarship
- Pathways National Conference April 1-3,2014 (Sunshine Children's Educational Society)
- Provincial Skills May 14-16th, 2014 Edmonton Expo Centre
- Saskatchewan Building Trades Dad’s Day Golf Tournament
- Shane J. Cartier (Chuckwagon Sponsorship)
- Trade Up
- Women's Emergency Accommodation Centre (WEAC)
Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation
Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation is made up of over 75,000 unionized skilled trades workers across Alberta who are members of 16 trade unions. Together, we make community reinvestment a priority. Through the Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation, we have contributed more than $5 million to worthwhile organizations in our province!
The Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation is a great example of community partnership at work. Contractors and owners allow the Charitable Foundation to raise money on the job sites where our union members work. Our job stewards voluntarily sell raffle tickets to union members during their breaks. Ticket sales then support the Charitable Foundation's work. The combined work of all these partners make the Charitable Foundation possible - just as they make successful construction projects possible.
The Building Trades Charitable Foundation also holds special fundraising events.
Be sure to check out the impressive list of charitable organizations to which the Charitable Foundation has donated.
Flood waters hit southern Alberta in June 2013, driving some 100,000 people from their homes, threatening homes, businesses, and communities, and devastating lives.
In response, the Building Trades of Alberta acted quickly to coordinate financial donations from other unions and provide financial support to relief efforts. Donations came from the Building Trades affiliated Local and International Unions and from the Provincial and Canadian Building Trades organizations. Within days, the Building Trades of Alberta presented a $285,000 cheque to the Red Cross Alberta Flood Relief effort.
The members of the affiliated unions, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and other vital trades likewise volunteered their much-needed labour, working on the ground in coordination with City of Calgary and Province of Alberta disaster relief efforts.
I’m proud of the initiatives that our members have taken in fanning out across Calgary as teams of volunteers this week. And I’m pleased that we were able to offer people in southern Alberta immediate assistance with money donated by our Provincial and International Unions last weekend.
Warren Fraleigh, Executive Director, Building Trades of Alberta
Habitat for Humanity
Building Trades of Alberta volunteers have completed two union-built homes for Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton. The BTA volunteers build these homes in their entirety and on their own time!
Volunteer workers for the Union Built Home are from the following unions: International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen - Local 1, Sheet Metal Workers International - Local 8, UNITE-HERE - Local 47, Construction & General Workers - Local 92 , International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators - Local 110 , International Union of Elevator Constructors - Local 122, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Local 146, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades - Local 177, Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International - Local 222, International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Local 362 , International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Local 424 , United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters - Local 488 , International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 720, International Union of Operating Engineers - Local 955, The Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers - Local 1325, and Millwrights, Machinery Erectors and Maintenance Union (Alberta Regional Council) - Local 1460.
Learn more about the Building Trades of Alberta volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity:
- Union Built Home
- Union Built Home Poster
- Home ownership becomes a reality for two local Aboriginal families
In addition to the Building Trades of Alberta volunteer workers, the following BTA affiliate unions donate to Habitat for Humanity: United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters - Local 488 , The Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers, and Sheet Metal Workers International - Local 8.
If you would like to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, you can register online.