Merit Canada is the national voice of Canada’s open shop construction sector.

We stand for workplace democracy, accountability and transparency.

We exist to ensure that Canada’s 1 million open shop construction workers have the ability to work in their chosen trade, without forced affiliation with a labour union.

We advocate for open tendering and fairness in support of the thousands of open shop contractors that are building Canada.

Championing Construction During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in its impact on everyday life, health and the economy. Provincial governments have responded in differing ways, and Merit Canada supports the actions of public health officials and elected leaders.

But now is not too soon to begin the planning and intergovernmental work required to get infrastructure projects “shovel ready” to support a robust, national economic recovery. Laying the groundwork now for infrastructure stimulus spending for the COVID-19 recovery period will provide the critical lead-time for federal, provincial and municipal officials to secure any required project permits and regulatory approvals and to complete legal obligations to consult and accommodate Indigenous Nations (where applicable).

See our April 7 letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau

See our April 14 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Our Issues

Merit Canada, representing more than 70 per cent of Canada’s construction industry— has a five-pillar plan to unleash significant, sustainable and shared prosperity for all Canadians as we enter a new decade. The five pillars are:

  • Investment, Trade and Growth
  • Open and Fair Government Procurement
  • Responsible Resource Development
  • Building Enabling and Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Skills, Training and Education