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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

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

May long weekend is here! Whether you're at work, at home or on a trip, make sure to stay safe and know that you are valued.Happy Victoria Day!#buildingtradesofalberta #victoriadayweekend #maylongweekend ... See MoreSee Less
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We are thrilled to see the YourAlberta (Government of Alberta) take an interest in the apprenticeship training facilities that our affiliated union locals have to offer.Yesterday the IBEW Local 424 Union brought Premier Danielle Smith on a tour through the Electrical Industry Training Centres Of Alberta. This centre delivers expert training to electricians throughout their apprenticeships. This is just one of the numerous apprenticeship training centres offered by our affiliated unions in Alberta. These centres help provide trades education that remains industry-informed, ensuring that apprentices who come through are ready to do amazing work. The BTA has been engaging with the Alberta Government to create of framework to support our affiliates' centres and allow more apprentices to register for these training programs.#buildingtradesofalberta #skilledtrades #ApprenticeshipTraining #abgov ... See MoreSee Less
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The extreme wildfires in the Wood Buffalo District Region are causing evacuations and have put emergency responders on high alert. This news comes as devastating for our members working on sites in the area. Our hearts are with our members and with the residents of Fort McMurray.To all of our hard-working members affected by this, know that your union is here to support you. Please stay safe and vigilant. The Building Trades of Alberta is standing with you, and together we can overcome this difficult situation.For more information, please read this release by the YourAlberta (Government of Alberta) #FortMcMurray #UnionStrong #WildfireSafety ... See MoreSee Less
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Members of the BTA's affiliates including the Teamsters 362, liuna92 and the Operative Plasters & Cement Masons Local 222 attended the Alberta Legislative Assembly's vote on Bill 207: The Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Amendment Act. The bill aimed to provide a framework to instate compulsory trades and provide funding for union apprenticeship training centres.Compulsory trades ensure that skilled labour is done by certified skilled trades workers. This would protect the value of the skilled trades, allowing Alberta to maintain the most skilled workforce in North America. This is how we guarantee the Alberta Advantage in our industry and ensure that projects are built to last.The BTA has been engaging with the YourAlberta (Government of Alberta) to ensure that the apprenticeship training facilities of our affiliated union locals receive the support they to train apprentices. These centres offer high-standard, industry-informed training for apprentices from their first year until they pass their red seal. We have had many productive conversations with the Alberta Government and look forward to continuing to work with them on this opportunity.The BTA thanks MLA Rhiannon Hoyle for bringing these issues forward in the Legislature. We also thank the members of both parties who contributed to the debate and stakeholder engagement on this legislation.The final vote count for the bill was 20 in favour, 43 against.You can read about the bill will continue to work with all parties in Alberta on issues like these that matter to our members.#buildingtradesofalberta #skilledtrades #ableg ... See MoreSee Less
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