Path Forward

BTA’s Path Forward aims to instill hope and a sense of belonging among Alberta’s Indigenous youth. The truth is, for many Indigenous Albertans, desperation and despair are unfortunate realities and can lead folks down a dangerous path. Addictions, incarcerations, mental health issues, and suicides have plagued numerous Indigenous communities at disproportional rates, for far too long.

STAND UP for Satefy

Stand Up for Safety is a new industry philosophy shared by the 18 building trade unions in Alberta. Our goal is to empower stakeholders at all levels from apprentices to business owners to have the freedom to talk openly about safety concerns on the job. On every job. Every single day. Watch the Stand Up for Safety video, which was shot entirely at Shell Scotford.

Social Procurement Agreements

Social Procurement Agreements put Alberta workers, families, and local communities first.

The members of the Building Trades of Alberta live right here in Alberta. We raise our families here. We pay taxes here. And we want to build infrastructure projects the right way; they become part of our province, and we want them to last. That’s why we support Social Procurement Agreements.

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Build Together

Build Together is a national workforce development program initiated by Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU). Build Together now has chapters across the country. Alberta was one of the first Chapters (Build Together – Women of the Alberta Building Trades) and has been operating since 2015, but our efforts to bring women into the building trades date back much further.

Trade Winds to Success

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.

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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

Building Trades of Alberta
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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