Recent Updates & News

News For March 2014

Check the Monthly Numbers page or click to see the February 2014 work hours. As of the end of February 3.45 million craft hours have been reported.

With another year coming to a close we are proud to announce the General Presidents' Maintenance Committee / National Maintenance Council for Canada had another successful year recording 32.55 million reported craft hours.

Posted February 24, 2014 - The Partnership of The Building and Construction Trades Department Executive Board and the Alberta Owners have developed a series of promotional videos designed to educate and influence policy makers, attract individuals to the professional trades and recruit our American brothers and sisters to assist with the looming labour shortages our industry will be facing:

Jobs in Canada for Americans
Women, Aboriginals and Youth in the Trades
Temporary Foreign Workers - A Partial Solution
Workforce Challenges and Responsibilities

MOVING NOTICE- The Administrative Office of the General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee / National Maintenance Council for Canada is moving. Effective January 1st, 2014 we will be operating out of our new office in Kitchener, Ontario. Please click here to view all pertinent contact information.

Posted December 12, 2013 - The Robert J Watson National Bursary Draw was held on Friday December 6, 2013. Please click here to view the list of this years award winners. The cheques will be mailed to the successful applicants shortly

Posted November 26, 2013 - The Federal Government is considering implementation of tax rules which will give construction and maintenance workers who have to travel from their home to employment more than 80 KM away a tax deduction for expenses not covered by their employer.  The Canadian Building Trades Unions have been lobbying for this tax assistance for many years and it is now within reach.  Follow this link to a short video which will provide more information and let you know what you can do to help get this important legislation passed.

Posted September 23, 2013 - The GPMC / NMC is pleased to announce that our annual Robert J. Watson Bursary Program has a new website designed to handle the application and submission process. Please go to to view the rules and regulations and apply for this years draw.

Posted July 8, 2013 - GPMC/NMC Newsletter is our newest bi-annual publication illustrating the committee's last six months of activities and highlighting the key points on both a provincial and national basis.

Posted May 28, 2013 -  Click here to see the GPMC advertisement placed in the Globe and Mail recently in support of the continued development of the energy industry in Canada through the construction of safe and environmentally responsible pipelines.

Posted April 12, 2013 - In an effort to raise awareness on the importance of oil sands development to the economy of Canada and the US, as well raising awareness of the potential business and work opportunities for US companies and trades people in Canada, the GPMC placed an article and accompanying advertisement in the spring edition of the Construction User.  This Magazine is published by The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and is read by union leaders, contractors and owner representatives across the USA.  Click on this link to take you to the magazine and our Article.