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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

24 hours ago

Building Trades of Alberta
🚨 BREAKINGThe YourAlberta (Government of Alberta) has committed to a pilot project to fund the IUOE Local 955's apprenticeship training facility.This morning, the BTA attended the announcement delivered by Minister Rajan Sawhney at the Budd Coutts Apprenticeship & Education Centre.As new projects come to Alberta, our province must be ready to increase its capacity for apprenticeships. Supporting union apprenticeship training centres will be crucial to growing Alberta's skilled trades workforce to meet the demands of our industry.The BTA will work with the Alberta Government to ensure that the industry-informed training offered by the apprenticeship centres of our affiliated locals can be accessed by more Albertans.Read the full press release here: #skilledtrades #apprenticeships #abgov ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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Our Executive Director Terry Parker had an incredibly productive meeting with Minister Matt Jones and Minister Peter Guthrie. Numerous exciting new opportunities to improve Alberta's apprenticeship training and the accessibility of the skilled trades were discussed. We look forward to working with the YourAlberta (Government of Alberta) to bring these plans to fruition.Thank you to both ministers and to their staff for making this meeting possible. We look forward to coordinating with you in the coming months.#buildingtradesofalberta #skilledtrades #ableg #abgov ... See MoreSee Less
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The BTA was pleased to join the Ironworkers Local 720 Union - Official on Saturday evening for their 75th Anniversary Dinner and Pin Wards. Congratulations to all the recipients and thank you for your years of service. We are proud to call the hard-working ironworker brothers and sisters members of the Building Trades of Alberta. From all of us to you, happy 75th year Local 720!#buildingtradesofalberta #ironworkers #ironworkersunion ... See MoreSee Less
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Sherwood Park and the surrounding areas are a great hub for the skilled trades. The BTA is happy to connect with partners and community members at the Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce trade fair.#buildingtradesofalberta #shpk #sherwoodpark #StrathCo #strathconacounty ... See MoreSee Less
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Since we launched the Building Resiliency program lead by our our Chairman Ian Robb, supporting the mental health wellness of our industry's workforce has been a massive undertaking of the Building Trades.The Canada's Building Trades Unions has launched a survey to help the Building Trades across Canada improve the mental health supports for our members. If you work in construction, please fill out the survey here: out Building Resiliency:, let's build a #recoveryready industry!#mentalhealthwellness #buildingtradesofalberta #buildingresiliency ... See MoreSee Less
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