Merit Canada is the national voice of Canada’s seven provincial Open Shop construction associations. Our over 5,000 members employ over 80,000 Canadians directly and together we represent the companies and workers who build more than 70% of the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional, and Residential construction projects coast to coast. As of June 2011, the Canadian construction sector employed 1.260 million Canadians with 900,000 working in the “open shop” sector. This represents almost 8.6% of Canada’s total labour force, and 33% of the goods-manufacturing sector labour force.

Building Confidence in Canada – Growing National Prosperity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News Release Building Confidence in Canada – Growing National Prosperity Merit Canada releases blueprint for prosperity and a growing economy. Monday, September 16, 2019, Ottawa—Merit Canada, representing more than 70 per cent of Canada’s construction industry—today released Building Confidence in Canada: Growing National Prosperity, a five-pillar plan to unleash significant, sustainable and …

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CLC Role Politicizes Canadian Immigration System, Creating Closed Shop Immigration System

(Ottawa) – Merit Canada is extremely concerned about the Government of Canada’s decision to grant the Canadian Labour Congress special vetting power as part of a temporary worker pilot project. According to the Government’s press release: “Potential applicants will first identify themselves to the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), a national labour organization with many construction …

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Merit Canada joins Confidence in Canada Campaign

More than 100 business, labour and community organizations across Canada signed an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau calling upon the federal government to ensure the Trans Mountain Pipeline project proceeds without delay. Click here to read full article.

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In some provinces and municipalities, only unionized contractors and companies are allowed to bid to work on government projects.

This violates the Charter right that no Canadian should be forced to join or finance a labour organization as a condition of making a living.