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.
At long last, it appears that TMX will proceed. The federal government has taken the additional time to deliver on its commitments for environmental protections and meaningful indigenous consultations. There is a reason for optimism that work will begin [...]
20 June Update 17 June Update The Liberal government agreed to a review of Bill C-48 five years but rejected the requirement for regional impact assessment that would have involved Indigenous [...]
20 June Update The federal government has passed both Bill C-48 and Bill C-69. The dust is still settling on the Government of Canada’s latest Bill C-69 decisions. It seems clear that [...]
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 [...]