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Building Trades of Alberta

We coordinate and promote the interests of 18 Alberta local trade unions whose 60,000 members work in the residential, commercial and industrial construction, maintenance, and fabrication industries.

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Construction Trades Hub

Everything you need to start your career in the unionized skilled trades.

Start Planning Your Construction Career:

  • Explore the many skilled trades in Alberta.
  • Sign up for FREE trade-specific learning resources, videos, tutorials and more!
  • Use easy-to-access online study tools to help guide you through your apprenticeship.
  • Learn how joining a union can support you in your successful career.

Building Resiliency

Building Resiliency is an innovative program designed to support the Building Trades of Alberta’s membership in raising awareness about mental health, wellness, and resiliency in the workplace.

Supporting Mental Health and Wellness:

  • Develop skills for managing your mental, physical, financial and social wellbeing.
  • Become a certified Peer Support through the Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate program.
  • Learn about the benefits of a Recovery-Informed-Workplace.
  • Sign up for Breaking Free, a free interactive digital service that offers confidential recovery support for alcohol and drugs.
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Apprentices and Training

The BTA affiliated unions provide the best safety training and skills training in the industry. Working with our industry partners, the BTA and its locals promote careers in the building trades through visits to high schools, trade fairs, scholarships, and much more.

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Build Together

Build Together is committed to highlighting rewarding careers in the unionized skilled trades to underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous, youth, and new Canadians.

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Path Forward

BTA’s Path Forward initiative seeks to foster hope and belonging in Alberta’s Indigenous youth, countering high rates of addiction, incarceration, mental health issues, and suicides in their communities.

The Skilled Trades Advantage

The BTA coordinates and promotes the interests of 18 Alberta local skilled trades unions, whose more than 60,000 members work in the residential, commercial and industrial construction, maintenance, and fabrication industries.

The BTA:

  • promotes a safe industry
  • works to influence legislation, regulation, and government sentiment toward organized labor
  • creates and participates in alliances and partnerships with owners and contractors
  • participates in boards, associations, committees and other industry groups
  • develops programs that support under-represented groups in the trades
  • develops programs that highlight the value of unionized labour in order to help create more work opportunities for our members
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Building Trades of Alberta

Building Trades of Alberta

The BTA proudly coordinates and promotes the interests of 18 Alberta local skilled trades unions

The BTA and the Southern Alberta Building Trades Council attended the 2024 Global Energy Show Canada. Great job to the Global Energy team for organizing this industry event!Workers who build Alberta's energy grid deserve to earn strong wages, strong benefits and have a great pension for when they retire. That's why it's so important that we continue to build strong partnerships in our province's evolving energy sector and this event is a great opportunity to engage with industry leaders.A few highlights:Our Strategic Engagement and Development Director Rob Calver had a great discussion with the International Trade Hub on how we can push back against the ongoing exploitation of vulnerable workers in our industry. We also engaged with our partners in X-energy on workforce development for the future of nuclear energy in Alberta. Additionally, we spoke with Mike Ireland, VP of Business Development for Michels Canada. Michels is a strong union contractor and a good friend of the Building Trades.We'd also like to give a shoutout to Marie Sereneo from ARC Resources Ltd. who delivered an excellent speech on the need for inclusivity in our energy sector. The BTA has undertaken many initiatives to build a strong diverse workforce across all ages, genders, ethnicities and backgrounds.Thank you to our affiliates in the Millwrights Local 1460 Alberta, IBEW Local 424 Union, SHEET METAL LOCAL 8, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Ironworkers Local 725, District Council 17 IUPAT and the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 122 for joining us.#GlobalEnergyShow #buildingtradesofalberta #abenergy ... See MoreSee Less
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Last week, a condo building in Calgary was evacuated after a cigarette was left on a balcony.UA Local 496-Pipe Trades Union Business Manager Trevor Robertson reminds us all that "Fire Sprinklers do save lives and Local 496 and 488 are proud of our memberships' men and women who are protecting lives and property by installing fire protection systems every day."#yyc #fireprotection #sprinklerfitter #buildingtradesofalberta ... See MoreSee Less
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Amazing work by our affiliate the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1 Alberta and our partners in The Educational Partnership Foundation! Together we can connect Indigenous students with incredible opportunities in Alberta’s unionized skilled trades!#bricklayer #maskwacis #TEPFThe Students at Maskwacis Cree High School that are participating in The Educational Partnership Foundation trades program are in there 3rd week of training. Students will be working as a team to do a final project in there high school office. Students are putting a scratch coat on before the natural stone installation starts, the project should take 5 days. Scorpio Masonry International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Building Trades of Alberta ... See MoreSee Less
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If you're working in the #heat this summer, remember to drink plenty of water, take breaks, and seek shade when possible. #sunsafety #safetyfirst CPWR ... See MoreSee Less
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