We are the Building Trades of Alberta, and we support initiatives that further the economic prosperity of Alberta and benefit the skilled trades workers in our province. We are joined in these campaign by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, our union locals, and the 60,000 men and women who make up the skilled building trades workers of Alberta.
The Building Trades of Alberta believes that community benefit agreements for major public infrastructure projects can be a win-win for developers, small businesses, local communities, the provincial government itself, and, yes, building trades unions. Community benefit agreements can keep jobs in Alberta and promote apprenticeships that train the next generation of skilled building trades workers.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) project is vital to Canada’s national interests and economy. The pipeline will carry diluted bitumen to British Columbia’s coast, providing access to new markets. Construction will mean new well-paid middle class jobs for the skilled trades workers who are members of BTA’s affiliated unions and new apprenticeships for our province’s youth.
Building Trades of Alberta joins with the Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) in this campaign to have the federal government introduce a Construction Mobility Tax Credit—a personal tax exemption on expenses construction workers typically incur when they temporarily relocate for work.
Press release 20 February 2019, CBTU CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE TAX INCENTIVES TO INCREASE LABOUR MOBILITY, ADDRESS SKILLS SHORTAGE – Inclusion of Community Benefit Agreements in public infrastructure projects one way to address skills shortage, benefit all [...]
The February newsletter of the Canadian Construction Association includes an update on its ongoing campaign to remove “community benefits requirements as a condition of procurement”. According to the article, the CCA has been meeting with (lobbying) members of parliament and the [...]
In an October 9 Edmonton Journal opinion piece, Ken Kobly, President of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, warns that "Community benefit agreements may not work for Albertans". On the one hand, Kobly raises alarmist cries about special interests, red tape, escalating [...]
BTA Media Release October 2018: Canada’s Building Trades Unions Applaud First Responders at Irving Oil Incident October 10, 2018 — Over the weekend, a fire stemming from an explosion occurred at the Irving Oil Refinery, sending some workers to hospital [...]
Frontier's new project will add more than $70B to public revenues across the country Downtown Fort McMurray, where thousands of workers contribute to the health of the community. Postmedia file photo The ongoing debate over Canada’s energy resources [...]
During Premier Rachel Notley's address to the Building Trades of Alberta 2018 Conference on Wednesday evening, the Premier announced plans for Alberta's first Community Benefit Agreement. Premier Notley is introduced by BTA Executive Director Terry Parker. Premier Notley's Statement [...]