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 Safety

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

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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