Construction Trades Job Fair

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The Construction Trades Job Fair is coming up on October 5th from 9am – 3pm!

Come try out our new VirtualPaint virtual reality spray painting simulator and learn about job opportunities for in demand trades, as well as sponsored apprenticeships with subsidized tuition!

There will be live demos and prizes. Parking for the event is free.

Saturday October 5th 9am – 3pm. 4333 Ledger Ave, Burnaby BC.

For more information, email

Finishing Trades Institute of BC First IUPAT Training Centre in Canada to Receive NACE NIICAP AS-3 ITO Accreditation

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District Council 38 (DC38) Finishing Trades Institute of BC (FTI BC) recently became the first training centre in Canada to receive Nace Industrial Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP) Accreditation in accordance with AS-3 ITO requirements.

To receive accreditation, an Independent Training Organization (ITO) audit must show:

  • Very thorough review of the management, technical infrastructure, training and qualification of the instructor(s), training plans, lesson plans, testing content, and security of an organization’s independent training program and its facilities
  • [Verification] that the training program content, program management, methods of delivery, testing practices, and objectivity of the testing protocol meets the NIICAP requirements at the time of the audit and during bi-annual maintenance audits.

This accreditation opens the doors to DC38 Industrial Painting Contractors to achieving the highest level of contractor certification NIICAP offers. Third party certifications attained through NACE, SSPC and the Interprovincial Red Seal prove that DC38 members and contractors are steadfast in providing the safest workforce while delivering the best quality product in the industries we represent.

The audit letter, attached below, details the commitment and spirit of FTI BC personnel, and the overall impression that FTI BC is a modern, well-run, very robust and professional training facility that provides significant training needs at the local level.

For more information on NIICAP, please see

If you have difficulty accessing the full letter, you can find it here


SkillSource and FTI BC Partner on a New Recruitment Program

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The FTI of BC and SkillSource BC are looking for individuals who may be interested in a career in the Finishing Trades. Thanks to Funding from the Canadian Federal Government, we are looking at an 8 week training program that will allow participants to receive all of their necessary safety certifications, an opportunity to try out the four crafts we represent, get placement with one of our Union Contractors and be registered in Level 1 apprenticeship training for the craft they choose. This program is open to all Members of DC 38 including family and friends of DC 38 members.

Government funding is being made available to help those individuals who are chosen to participate in this pilot program. There will also be an opportunity to receive Union wages and benefits while working for one of our signatory contractors. Click on the link below if you or someone you know may be interested in this program.

This could lead to an exciting well paid career in one of our Finishing Trades.

Skill Link Brochure_2019APR26

Apprenticeship Grant for Women

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Government of Canada launches new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to help them get certified in Red Seal trades

News release

December 11, 2018 | Gatineau, Quebec | Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s prosperity depends on Canadians having the skills, training and experience they need to get good quality jobs and succeed in a changing economy. To help meet the increasing need for more workers in the trades, the Government of Canada is taking a leadership role by introducing new initiatives to encourage women to enter and succeed in Red Seal trades where they are under-represented.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women is now available to eligible apprentices.

The new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women provides $3,000 per year or level, up to a maximum amount of $6,000, to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their first or second year/level of an apprenticeship program in eligible Red Seal trades. This, in combination with the existing Apprenticeship Completion Grant valued at $2,000, could result in combined grant support of up to $8,000 over the course of their training. Women apprentices who progress in their training on or after April 1, 2018, may be eligible for the new grant.

Applications are available online by visiting or call toll-free 1-866-742-3644 (TTY: 1-866-909-9757) to request an application form.

The new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women supports gender equality and better economic outcomes for women by giving them more opportunities to access typically higher-paying Red Seal trades where they are under-represented.

Quick facts

  • Approximately one in five employed Canadians are represented in the skilled trades professions. At the end of 2017, there were 309,441 registered apprentices across Canada (2017 Registered Apprenticeship Information System).
  • Women account for nine percent of apprentices in Red Seal trades, and only five percent when “traditional” trades (hairstylist, cook and baker) are removed (2017 Registered Apprenticeship Information System).
  • The Government of Canada is investing almost $20 million over five years to pilot the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women.
  • The AIG-W is one of several Government of Canada initiatives to support women and other groups who face barriers to entering and succeeding in the skilled trades, including the Women in Construction Fund and the pre-apprenticeship program.


Link to the news release:  Government of Canada launches new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to help them get certified in Red Seal trades

$40-billion LNG Project Moving Ahead

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By Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director, BC Building Trades:

The BC Building Trades welcomes LNG Canada’s final investment decision on the $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C., and congratulates the NDP provincial government on ushering in the single largest private sector investment in Canadian history.

This project is a boon for the sector, and will provide thousands of construction jobs when it gets under way.

We represent 40,000 highly skilled unionized construction workers and are part of a network of 400,000 members across Canada. We are committed, prepared and eager to work on this project.

The BC Building Trades was appointed to the Premier’s LNG Working Group in 2013 and has been doubling down on our efforts to ensure our province has the skilled workers the industry requires, and that British Columbians have the skills to be first in line for the jobs on LNG projects. This investment signals a commitment to local workers and apprentices.

Some of the ways our members have prepared for LNG:

  • Heat and Frost Insulators: expertise in cryogenic insulation application
  • Bricklayers: expanded industrial certification training; using infrastructure fund to train members in gunite, hydro mobile scaffold, forklifts and other elevated work platforms
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: prioritizing training in automation and control of local infrastructure in preparation for workforce demand created by LNG
  • Sheet Metal Workers: working with the Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre to deliver lagging training (lagging is the protective covering over insulation)
  • UA Piping Industry College: training workers for low transformation temperature welding
  • Other: we have recruitment strategies targeting Indigenous populations, women, veterans and other underrepresented groups

In addition, we have more than $50 million in assets across our many union training programs. This includes land, facilities and equipment.

We enroll more than 7,000 apprentices and trainees and spend more than $18 million annually on training and apprenticeship programs.

We recognize that LNG industry will require workers who are uniquely skilled and may not be available in B.C. or the rest of Canada, justifying the hiring of temporary foreign workers. We expect that these workers can help train B.C. workers while they are here so that we can ultimately fill that skills gap.

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Labour Day at the Fair at the PNE

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IUPAT DC38 is excited to invite you to Labour Day 2018 at the Fair at the PNE, brought to you in partnership with the Vancouver District Labour Council, BC Federation of Labour, New Westminster District Labour Council, and other sponsoring unions.

Free Admission
DC38 has secured a limited block of wristbands for members and their families to gain entry to the PNE, free of Charge, on Monday, September 3rd.

To get free entry, you must:
1. Register with us
2. Pick up your wristband between 9 and 10am on event day.

All wristbands must be picked up before the rally on event day.

Click here to register for a wristband. Note: children aged 13 years and under get in free and do not require a wristband.

Get your Wristband
Arrive at the Pacific Coliseum (map) between 9:00 and 10:00am on Monday, September 3rd, to get your wristband.

Free wristbands will not be given out after 10:00am. If you are unable to pick up the wristband during the allotted time you will need to purchase admission from the gate at full price ($18).

• If you are not able register for a free wristband or pick one up between 9 and 10am on the day of the event, you can purchase discounted admission (details below).
• The wristband gets you free entry to the Fair, but does not include rides. See below for details on discounted ride passes.

What’s Happening?

Labour Rally
Come kick the day off, from 10am to 11am, with a Union Labour Rally inside the Pacific Coliseum. Speakers will include labour leaders and local politicians. The Coliseum will only be open to members and guests of the sponsoring Unions.

There will be entertainment for children, and a chance to get to know your fellow union Brothers and Sisters from across the province.

At 11am the front doors of the coliseum will open to the fair grounds for us to enjoy the rest of the day at the PNE.

Private Picnic Area
In addition to the Rally at the Coliseum, and free admission to the PNE, members with wristbands will get access to a private picnic area that’s been set aside just for us.

The Fair at the PNE
SuperDogs, ToonCity, Horse Jumping, Mini Doughnuts, Rides, The Market Place, Cyndi Lauper, and so much more. Click here to view the daily schedule.

Wristbands will be required to gain access to the rally, PNE, private picnic area, and community-partner booth zone.

Discounted Admission
If you don’t think you can make it to the rally, but still want to attend the Fair on Labour Day, you can purchase discounted Admission passes (Save $6).

Discounted Ride Passes
Discounted ride passes are available to DC38 members and their guests.
Regular ride passes have been discounted to $39.75 (Save $7.00), and junior ride passes has been discounted to $29.75 (Save $6.00).

Discounted admission and ride passes are valid on Monday, September 3rd only and can be purchased by clicking here.

Date: Monday, September 3rd
Location: Pacific Coliseum (at the PNE), 100 North Renfrew Street (map)
Wristband Pickup: Between 9 and 10am
Labour Day Rally: Between 10 and 11am
Park Opens: 11am

As a reminder:
• You must arrive before the Rally to get your free wristband; if you are not on time, you will need to purchase admission at a Fair gate.
• The wristband gets you free entry to the Fair, but does not include rides. Discounted ride passes are available: a regular ride pass has been discounted to $39.75 (Save $7.00), and a junior ride pass has been discounted to $29.75 (Save $6.00)
• Taking transit or cycling to the event is encouraged; parking at the PNE is $20 for the day

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Canada’s Building Trades Unions Welcomes Familiar Faces in Trudeau’s Cabinet Shuffle

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July 23, 2018 – (Ottawa, Ontario) – Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) is looking forward to working with the new Ministers, following Justin Trudeau’s latest Cabinet shuffle.

CBTU is pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau kept familiar faces within areas that are important to the Building Trades Unions.  “We have been big advocates for pipeline construction, protection of Canadian jobs within negotiated trade agreements, community benefits and project labour agreements with public infrastructure projects.  So, to have familiar faces in these ministries are welcomed,” says Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions.  “Minister Sohi, Minister Champagne, and Minister Carr have been tremendous supporters of our causes within the Trudeau Government and we are looking forward to moving files collaboratively in their new respective department,” says Blakely.

CBTU is extremely pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau has kept Minister Patty Hadju in the portfolio of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.  “Minister Hadju has been a champion for organized labour and we couldn’t be more delighted to continue building our relationship with her in this ministry,” says Blakely.

“We have made positive strides on many important files on behalf of our 500,000 members from across the country and we are confident that we will continue the momentum with the recent Ministerial changes,” concludes Blakely.