Canada's Building Trades Unions, the Building Trades of Alberta, its union locals, and their 75,000 men and women skilled building trades workers together support numerous jobs initiatives.
Check out the following highlighted jobs initiatives to see what each is about and to find contact and sponsor information.
Trade Winds to Success
Trade Winds to Success is a unique partnership initiated by the Union Training Trust Fund partners with Alberta Indigenous communities. The goal of Trade Winds to Success is to increase the number of Indigenous people in the building trades. The initiative focuses on Indigenous peoples living in Edmonton and Calgary and these trades: Boiler Maker, Carpenter, Electrician, Ironworker, Millwright, Plumber, Steam/Pipefitter, Welder, and Insulator.
Trade Winds to Success offers Trade Orientation and Pre-Apprenticeship Training programs, as well as evaluation and follow-up during apprenticeship training. See the Trade Winds to Success website for intake dates. The program has been featured in the Edmonton Journal and was the recipient of the 2013 Senator Thelma Chalifoux Award presented annually by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Check out our Trade Winds Partnership Update.
Trade Winds to Success Contact
#311, 16120 – 118 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5V 1C6
p. (780) 471-9100
1070 – 2600 Portland Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4M6
p. (403) 205–3500
Trade Winds to Success Sponsors
Trade Winds to Success is supported by the Oteenow Employment and Training Society, Rupertsland Institute, Metis Centre of Excellence, Community Futures Treaty Seven, Government of Alberta - Human Services, ConocoPhillips, Enbridge, Shell Canada, Total E & P, and by these Building Trades of Alberta affiliate unions through the Union Training Trust Fund:
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Local 146
- The Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers - Local 1325; see the feature article Tradewinds to Success still scoring wins!
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Local 424
- International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 720
- International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers - Local 725
- United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters - Local 488
- United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry of the United States & Canada - Local 496
- Millwrights, Machinery Erectors and Maintenance Union (Alberta Regional Council) - Local 1460
Helmets to Hardhats
Helmets to Hardhats Canada (H2H) works with Canadian Forces personnel (veterans and those currently serving) who are interested in transitioning from the Forces to a career in the building and construction industry. Helmets to Hardhats has paid tribute to the remarkable commitment that the Building and Construction trades unions have made to those serving our country in the Canadian Forces. How do the actual H2H apprentices and journeymen benefit from Canada's Building Trades Unions involvement?
Here is what Helmets to Hardhats has to say.
The Building Trades offer the best jobs in the construction industry – the best pay, the best benefits, the safest job sites and the fairest contractors.
The Building Trades Unions and many Employers across Canada who are stakeholders in supporting the H2H program in Canada recognize the valuable contribution that members of Canadian Forces (past and present) have made to our country, as well as the outstanding qualities and experience that they offer, such as inter-personal skills, leadership abilities, professionalism, dedication, and a desire to pursue continuous individual improvement.
The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters - Local 488 helped sponsor this video, both to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the men and women of the Canadian Forces and to promote the H2H jobs initiative.
Helmets to Hardhats Contact
130 Albert Street, Suite 908, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4
p. (613) 238-2300
Helmets to Hardhats Sponsors
Helmets to Hardhats is supported by Veterans Affairs Canada, the Province of Alberta, the Province of Ontario, Canadian Forces, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, TansCanada, GPMC / NMC, PCL Constructors Canada Inc, and by
- Canada's Building Trades Unions
- "International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers">
- International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters
- International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
- International Union of Elevator Constructors
- International Union of Operating Engineers
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
- Laborers' International Union of North America
- Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada
- Sheet Metal Workers' International Association
- United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters
Women of the Building Trades
In Canada, women represent only 4% of the construction trade workforce. In other skilled trade, that number is even smaller.
Studies and industry reports show that a large population of skilled trade workers are gearing up for retirement. An estimated 300,000 new workers will need to be recruited from outside the construction industry over the next ten years to compensate for this gap.
This is an enormous opportunity for women seeking secure, well-paid and fulfilling employment.
Build Together is a national CBTU program that promotes, supports and mentors women in the skilled construction trades.
Build Together Contact
Skills Canada Alberta
Alberta's growing economy and the retirement of many baby boomers together create enormous employment opportunities for Alberta youth in the building trades. Skills Canada Alberta (SCA) works with employers, educators, labour groups, and government to make "trade and technical careers... a first choice career option for youth in Alberta". Skills Canada Alberta is a nonprofit association and a member organization of Skills Canada.
Building Trades of Alberta is proud to be a supporter and an elite sponsor of Skills Canada Alberta. Several Building Trades of Alberta unions also sponsor Skills Canada Alberta. Skills Canada Alberta, in turn, recognizes the important role that Building Trades of Alberta unions play in providing best-in-class training and excellent benefits and wages to their members.
Building Trades of Alberta unions provide a number of services for their members, including job referrals, World class training facilities, pensions, health and welfare benefits, high wages and the safest worksites in the business.
Skills Canada Alberta Contact
700, 10242-105 Street,
Edmonton, AB T5J 3L5
Skills Canada Alberta Sponsors
Skills Canada Alberta is sponsored by the governments of Canada and Alberta, numerous businesses, and by
- United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters - Local 488 Platinum Partner
- Building Trades of Alberta Elite Partner
- Construction Labour Relations Alberta (CLR-A) Elite Partner
- International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators - Local 110 Silver Partner
- Sheet Metal Workers International - Local 8 Silver Partner
- Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) Silver Partner
In addition to these specific jobs initiatives, Building Trades of Alberta actively works with many different partners to promote and safeguard the interests of skilled building trades workers. See Partner Profiles.