A New Community Building Standard for Canada!

We’re proud to announce the launch of a new Community Building Standard for Canada!

A new Community Building Standard means ensuring infrastructure projects in Canada are built the right way. This means ensuring major projects that are delivered across Canada are focused on three core principles – A commitment to safety and quality, investing in trades and apprenticeships, and leaving a positive community legacy.

Safety and Quality are in everything we build. Projects need to be built to the highest environmental standards so that future generations feel a sense of pride knowing that they are protected from any risk. If we build it right, we can ensure that Indigenous people, women, and youth get the opportunities they deserve to develop valuable skills and create an impactful legacy in their communities.

When we’re investing in trades and apprenticeships, and when we make local hiring and apprentice training a priority, communities are stronger.

Community legacy means ensuring our work delivers a legacy that makes a long-term difference to each community where we have a presence.

The Community Building Standard has been initiated across Canada by our founding partners: Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Canadian Piping Trades, Teamsters Canada and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).

Learn more and join the discussion at buildingitright.ca.


Bringing the Community Building Standard to Life

A Community Building Standard is only meaningful when it has become the foundation for every project built in Canada. It only works with a Canada-wide commitment to building it right.

Our founding partners have been committed to building it right for decades. To learn more about our proud history, one needs to look no farther than projects like the BC Hydro John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project in Campbell River, B.C. and Rio Tinto’s modernized aluminum smelter in Kitimat, B.C. These projects were essential replacements of aging infrastructure, which has been a challenge plaguing projects in all sectors across the Canadian landscape. By following the principles of a commitment to safety and quality, a focus on training and apprenticeships, and a commitment to leaving a positive community legacy – every project in Canada’s future can be built right and meet the new Community Building Standard.

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Delivering on Our Commitment to a Community Building Standard for Canada

Our founding partners have spent decades focusing on building it right – for all shapes and sizes of projects across Canada. We decided it was time to bring Canadians into the discussion and we asked communities across Canada if they agreed about the core principles should be for a Community Building Standard for Canada.

What we heard and what we’re committed to is based on the three core principles below.

A Commitment to Safety and Quality

The new Community Building Standard means ensuring that all infrastructure projects are built the right way. Projects need to be built to the highest environmental standards so that future generations feel a sense of pride knowing that they are protected from any risk. Our workers are the only people who have the expertise and training to meet this standard. We do not want to put our natural environment at risk by employing unqualified, poorly trained workers to build critical infrastructure for our future generations.

Investing in Trades and Apprenticeships

The new Community Building Standard ensures that infrastructure projects put the public first and serve the needs of our communities with jobs and local benefits. This means public construction projects that use certified tradespeople, pay fair wages, train apprentices, hire locally and bring indigenous people, youth and women into the construction workforce.

When local hiring and apprentice training is a priority, communities are stronger. Stable, family-supporting jobs and a diverse population of skilled workers trained in safe and environmentally responsible construction practices are always the best solutions to meet the needs of industry and communities.

Leaving a Positive Community Legacy

The new Community Building Standard delivers ongoing benefits to each community where we live and work. Communities are stronger when they are able to participate directly in the economy and contribute to the well-being of their local suppliers and services. We will work with community service groups, teams, associations and individuals to ensure our work delivers a legacy that makes a long-term difference to each community where we have a presence.

Learn more and join the discussion at buildingitright.ca.