UBC recognizing Community Builders in contracting
By Adam FreillConstruction Financing Labour Law Leadership
First-ever recognition program in Canada spotlights community minded contractors taking action against the underground economy.
Calling attention to the problem of construction industry tax fraud, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) recently launched its first Community Builder recognition campaign to shine a light on some of the many Canadian contractors who play by the rules. The organization says the program looks to honour these companies’ steadfast dedication to fair practices, worker rights and industry excellence.
According to Statistics Canada, the gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices for underground economic activity in Canada was estimated to be $68.5 billion, or 2.7 per cent of the total GDP, in 2021.
The recognition program launched in Canada is part of a broader annual industry campaign titled “Construction Industry Tax Fraud Days of Action” that the UBC presents in April throughout Canada and the United States to combat tax fraud in the construction industry.
“Builders who follow fair practices contribute to building their communities — roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and social services,” stated Jason Rowe, UBC Canadian district vice-president. “They contribute to growth and development for all. Through UBC’s Community Builder recognition campaign, we spotlight some of these well-deserving, honest and trusted contractors.”
The 2023 campaign saw UBC contractor partners recognized in the organization’s five councils across Canada: Atlantic Canada Regional Council; Conseil Régional Québécois; National Construction Council; Millwright Regional Council; and Carpenters Regional Council.
Companies recognized so far in 2023 include:
- Andritz Hydro
- Arsenault Brothers
- Black And McDonald
- Brock Construction
- Campbell Construction
- Century Exteriors
- CMF Group
- Driver Industrial Limited
- Dunbar Construction
- General Electric
- Lindsay Construction
- Morris Construction
- Olympic Construction
- Spanish Harbour
- Springhill Construction
- Venasse Building Group Inc.
- Voith Hydro