Changes to the TFW Program

Join us for an informative seminar on the recent updates to the TFW program and other key areas that impact your employment of temporary foreign workers.  This seminar will provide guidance and practical advice on the following key areas:

  •     Recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program
  •     Labour Market Impact Assessment process
  •     Applications for Work Permits
  •     Permanent Residence
  •     Employment Agreements – additional considerations for TFWs
  •     TFW rights under employment and labour law
  •     Increasing employer compliance requirements
  •     How to prepare for an audit


Merit’s 2014 Member Employee Satisfaction Survey

Merit is currently conducting its 2014 Member Employee Satisfaction Survey. This survey is intended to gauge member employees’ satisfaction with the  various services provided by Merit. The Association has contracted Banister Research & Consulting to conduct the survey. Participation is voluntary and all responses are kept confidential. Should you have any questions about the survey, please contact Matt Baron at 780.455.5999 or by email at


Albertans Still Clear on Union Dues

On the eve of the Labour Day holiday weekend, Merit Contractors Association is sharing survey results of Albertans reflecting their opinions and attitudes toward unions.  The survey and analysis was conducted by Innovative Research Group in April of this year.

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Important Construction Report Misses Several Marks

Merit Contractors Association has reviewed the Alberta Construction Labour Legislation Review Report and is extremely disappointed in the report’s findings.

“The genesis of the report was a need for the government to create an environment where construction projects could proceed on a more cost effective basis.  This report will do nothing to help create an environment where industrial costs can be better contained” says Stephen Kushner, President of Merit Contractors Association.


Merit Calls on Federal and Provincial Governments to Act on Labour Issues

Canada’s largest organization of open shop construction contractors - says the results of today’s Leger survey of Canadian workers and their attitudes on financial disclosure, use of union dues, restrictive tendering and workplace democracy reaffirm the need for federal and provincial legislators to take action on these issues.

To read the Leger survey released today, click here.

To read the Leger survey 'Albertan's Views on Union Disclosure', click here.

Alberta's Labour Situation

Recently the Journal of Commerce traveled to Edmonton and met with Stephen Kushner, the president of Merit Contractors Association. Kushner addressed the current labour situation in Alberta, which he said has been fairly stable despite fluctuating demand for skilled workers for the oilsands and other large projects. 

Watch Video HERE.





NEW Benefit Plan Video

Supervisor Training Program

REGISTER ONLINE for the October/November Supervisor Training Program, being held in both Edmonton and Calgary.

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

Merit Contractors Association and Merit members celebrated the achievements of several hard-working construction employees, apprentices, and companies.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our winners.

Top Apprentice Awards:
These awards recognize exceptional performance by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period apprentices employed and nominated by Merit member companies this year.

First Period Top Merit Apprentice
Alyssa Shaw, Electrician with ProSpark Electric Ltd.

Second Period Top Merit Apprentice
Patrick Blouin, Electrician, Muth Electrical Management Inc.

Third Period Top Merit Apprentice
Curtis Harrison, Electrician, Action Electric, Ltd.

Merit-and Royal & SunAlliance Construction Employee of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding construction field employees.

  • Keiron Tanner, Superintendent/Cladder, Clark Builders
  • Jason Jeglum, Foreman, Alta Pro Electric Ltd.

Willard Kirkpatrick Training Award
Small Company: Elite Formwork Inc.
Medium Company: Fillmore Construction Management
Large Company: Clark Builders