Who we are
The National Voice
Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) is the national voice of over half a million Canadian construction workers—members of 14 international unions who work in more than 60 different trades and occupations, and generate six percent of this country’s GDP.
Officially CBTU is the Canadian Office of the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU). We work closely with our American counterparts to coordinate and support the work of our affiliates.
We are also active in the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which works to ensure decent pay and benefits, safe jobs, respect and fair treatment for more than 12 million members of 56 unions throughout North America.
What we do
Our mission is to represent all workers in the building, construction, fabrication and maintenance industry and support their efforts to improve their working conditions and quality of life. In pursuit of our goals we continuously seek to build our workforce and strengthen our industry.
We build our workforce by fostering pride, performance, and professionalism in the trades, and by supporting training that prepares our members for life-long career opportunities. We also strive to ensure that the construction industry offers the most financially satisfying and personally rewarding career path open to young Canadians.
We strengthen our industry by providing solutions that meet the challenges of our changing, energy-conscious world, and by delivering unmatched value for contractors and owners—proving that developing a partnership with Canada’s Building Trades Unions is the best investment they will ever make.
CBTU’s provincial councils represent members’ interests in every jurisdiction across the country. These councils strive to improve provincial labour laws and educational standards and help to coordinate the activities of local offices.
2023 Canadian Building Trades
Canada’s Building Trades Unions
72 Chamberlain Avenue Ottawa, ON K1S 1V9
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada
Director of Canadian Affairs
442 Gilmour Street Ottawa, ON K2P 0R8
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
Vice President, Eastern Canada
426 Rue Joliboise Lavalttie, QC J5T 1X2
Fax : 450-935-0709
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
2525 Annie Street Windsor, ON N8T 3K8
International Union of Operating Engineers
Regional Canadian Director
350 Sparks Street, Suite 1102 Ottawa, ON K1R 7S8
Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada
12309-Industrial Avenue Surrey, BC V3V 3S4
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
Executive Director of Canadian Affairs
1434 Chemong Road N. Unit 12-13 Peterborough, ON K9J 6X2
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Regional Director of Canada
2100 Thurston Drive, Unit #3 Ottawa, ON K1G 4K8
Labourers’ International Union of North America
Vice President Canadian Director and Regional Manager for Central and Eastern Canada
44 Hughson Street, South Hamilton, ON L8N 2A7
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Vice President
1450 Meyerside Drive, Suite 300 Mississauga, ON L5T 2N5
Tel : 905-564-5441
Fax : 905-564-8114
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
General Vice President
1430 Osprey Drive Ancaster, ON L9G 4V5
International Union of Elevator Constructors
29 Woodland Estate Rd. Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0
Tel : 416-678-5856
Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
Director of Canadian Affairs
176 McDonnel Street Peterborough, ON K9H 2V9