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Who We Help

A volunteer board of directors, made up of Union Business Managers, oversees the Charitable Foundation. All donation requests are evaluated by the Board according to the following criteria:

  • Does this organization/activity positively impact Albertans or provide a community benefit?
  • Does this organization/activity have the potential to assist or meaningfully impact the lives of our members?
  • Is this request project driven?
  • Is the group a Registered Charity, incorporated under the Societies act or have non-profit status?
  • Is this group operating within the confines of a set annual budget?
  • Have a defined use of donation? Specific dollar amount of request?

The charitable foundation has given over $6 million dollars to charity. Major gifts are often the result of long-term partnerships.

Some of our Major Gifts include:

Prostate Cancer Canada - We are proud to have raised over $200,000 to fund world class research right here at the University of Alberta and at the University of Calgary.

DrifCan - (Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Canada) We are proud to have contributed over $2.2 million dollars to this innovative research happening at the University of Alberta.

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation - The Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation is the lead sponsor of the Courage Centre. A facility where innovative technologies provide encouraging new ways to rebuild lives. The Foundation contributed $1 million dollars to this centre.

STARS Air Ambulance - "Life can change without a moments notice - from a workplace injury, a heart attack, a drowning, a spinal cord injury or a car crash" The Building Trades of Alberta has supported the important work of STARS with donations totaling over $500,000.

KEYANO College Foundation - The Keyano College Foundation has been raising funds in support of education in the Region of Wood Buffalo for over 30 years! We are proud to have given our support of over $250,000!

Canadian Diabetes Association - "Leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while working to find a cure." Building Trades members have contributed over $100,000 to CDA.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - "Dedicated to finding a cure." More than $100,000 has been given to JDRF to support their research.

We are pleased to share with you the recipients of donation & grants in 2015. We encourage you to look up these organizations and see the great work that they do.

Donations in 2017

Organization Amount
Bissell Centre $20,000
Canadian Diabetes Association $30,000
Casa Foundation $5,000
Dogs With Wings $20,000
DrifCan $20,000
Edmonton Community Legal Center $5,000
Educare $15,000
Grande Prairie & District Victims Services Association $5,000
Kids N Us $5,000
L’Arche Association $6,000
Make-A-Wish Foundation $10,000
Prostate Cancer Canada Network - Edmonton $100,000
STARS $30,000
Stephan’s Backpacks for Children in Need $1,250
Threads Association $12,000
2017 Total: $284,250


The labour movement has long known the value of apprenticeship in training skilled trades people. Over the last 2 years, the Foundation and affiliated BTA members have contributed almost $350,000 to become our most important partner in Alberta for funding prostate cancer research apprenticeships to create the next generation of research leaders. We look forward to continuing to work with an organization so committed to building Alberta’s physical and intellectual infrastructure.

Rocco Rossi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Prostate Cancer Canada