CBTU Statement on Cabinet Shuffle

Today, the Prime Minister unveiled a new Cabinet that is dedicated to making life more affordable for Canadians and building a strong economic future. Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) looks forward to working with the new Ministry.

“Over the last several years, the Building Trades have worked closely with Cabinet members on policies that will make life better for workers including a strong prevailing wage and support for workers as the economy transitions to net zero,” said Sean Strickland, Executive Director of Canada’s Building Trades Unions.

Notable ministerial changes for the Building Trades include Randy Boissonnault’s appointment as the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages; and Sean Fraser’s appointment as the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.

CBTU will continue to work with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland on the Investment Tax Credits and the strong definition of prevailing wage included in Budget 2023.

“We thank Minister Carla Qualtrough for championing skilled tradespeople during her time as the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion and congratulate her new position as Minister of Sport and Physical Activity,” Strickland said.

CBTU congratulates Minister O’Regan on retaining his role at Labour and looks forward to continuing to work with him on policies and legislation that support the unionized sector including anti-scab legislation.

“The transition to a net zero economy and ensuring that no jobs are lost during this transformative period remains a top priority for CBTU,” Strickland said. “We look forward to continuing to work alongside Ministers O’Regan, Wilkinson, Guilbeault and others on this significant file.”

CBTU thanks all departing ministers for their service and congratulates all newly appointed ministers.


About CBTU

Canada’s Building Trades Unions are an alliance of 14 international unions in the construction, maintenance, and fabrication industries that collectively represent over 600,000 skilled trades workers in Canada. Each year, our unions and our signatory contractor partners invest over $300 million in private sector money to fund and operate over 175 apprenticeship training and education facilities across Canada that produce the safest, most highly trained and productive skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world. Canada’s Building Trades Unions represent members who work in more than 60 different trades and occupations and generate six per cent of Canada’s GDP. For more information, go to www.buildingtrades.ca.

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