British Columbia Ironworkers Shop Local 712

On November 26, 1947, the Ironworkers International went to the Province of British Columbia to charter Local 712, a new shop that protected and supported the rights and safety of local workers. 75 years alter, Shop Workers Local 712 is still setting industries standards and advocating for workers across all the manufacturing [...]


The United Association Local 254 of Winnipeg

  Founded in 1890, The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada—otherwise known as UA—is Canada’s oldest United Association Union. For over 130 years, UA members have been serving their communities providing excellence in plumbing, welding and steam fitting. Based in [...]


The Portage Foundation: Celebrating 50 Years

  Since 1973, Portage has helped Canadians overcome substance abuse-related problems and live healthy, happy, and productive lives. A Canadian non-profit organization, Portage operates several drug rehabilitation centres in Québec: in Montréal, Prévost (Laurentians), Québec City and Saint-Malachie (Chaudière-Appalaches). Two other centres cater to residents of Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Portage’s facilities [...]


LiUNA Local 837

LiUNA Local 837, a predominately construction-based trade union, headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario has over 6,000 members throughout the Greater Hamilton, Niagara, Brant and Kitchener-Waterloo communities. Local 837 is one of twenty local unions that LiUNA, the Labourers’ International Union of North America, has in Canada. LiUNA is Canada’s largest building trades union [...]


Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Kelly Northey’s smile was infectious, and her boundless energy touched every person she met in her short lifetime. Kelly was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour—the year was 1981, when there was little organized support or specific research into brain tumours being conducted, which often left patients [...]


Power Workers’ Union

The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) is a proud Canadian Union, representing over 17,000 highly skilled and dedicated men and women in Ontario’s electricity sector. The largest Union in this industry, PWU Members are located throughout the province, keeping Ontario’s generating stations, electricity transmission and distribution systems, and telecommunication facilities running safely and [...]


Toronto & York Regional Labour Council

About Andria Babbington Andria Babbington is the President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, representing over 220,000 union members in Canada’s largest urban centre. An immigrant to Canada in her youth, Andria joined the labour movement when she began working in the hotel sector in downtown Toronto. She became one [...]


Sheet Metal Workers’ & Roofers’ Local 30

For 125 years, Sheet Metal Workers’ and Roofers’ Local 30 has contributed to Ontario’s economic and social development through vital contributions in buildings, including such landmarks as the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and some of Toronto’s oldest churches. Many of Ontario’s HVAC systems, roofs, siding, copings and flashings on architecturally significant buildings [...]


Executive Interview with Dan Kelly (CFIB)

This month’s BEC Executive Interview is with Dan Kelly. Kelly is the President, CEO, and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), and the lead spokesperson and advocate for the views of the Federation's 95,000 small and medium-sized member businesses. Following the onset of the [...]


IUOE Local 955

By Anna Guy If you travel to or live in Alberta and have driven to work, taken a bus, sipped a glass of Whisky, or a thousand other things in between, you are the beneficiary of the work of a member of IUOE Local 955. Established in 1948, Local 955 is one [...]

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