The new Community Building Standard is all about building it right This means ensuring major projects that are delivered across Canada are focused on three core principles – a commitment to safety and quality, investing in trades and apprenticeships, and leaving a positive community legacy.

The Community Building Standard has been initiated across Canada by: Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Canadian Piping Trades, Teamsters Canada, and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).

A Commitment to Safety and Quality

Community Building Standard means ensuring all infrastructure projects are built to the highest environmental standards so that future generations feel a sense of pride knowing that they are protected from any risk. We do not want to put our natural environment at risk by employing unqualified, poorly trained workers to build critical infrastructure for our future generations.

Investing in Trades and Apprenticeships

The new Community Building Standard ensures that infrastructure projects put the public first and serve the needs of our communities with jobs and local benefits. This means public construction projects that use certified tradespeople, train apprentices, hire locally and bring indigenous people, youth and women into the construction workforce.

When local hiring and apprentice training is a priority, communities are stronger. Stable, family-supporting jobs and a diverse population of skilled workers trained in safe and environmentally responsible construction practices are always the best solution to meet the needs of industry and communities.

Leaving a Positive Community Legacy

The new Community Building Standard delivers ongoing benefits to each community where we live and work. Communities are stronger when they are able to participate directly in the economy and contribute to the well-being of their local suppliers and services. We will work with community service groups, teams, associations and individuals to ensure our work delivers a legacy that makes a long-term difference to each community where we have a presence.

For further information regarding this very important initiative CLICK HERE

Local 1611 is excited to welcome our newest group of members,from VersaCold Logistic Services. We welcome VersaCold to our organization, and look forward to working and building an amicable relationship with the VersaCold Logistic Services team.  

VersaCold, Logistic Services first opened in 1946, in British Columbia, as B.C. Ice & Cold Storage Co. By the 1990’s VersaCold had expanded out east and had a stronghold in Western North America, with facilities in B.C., Alberta and Washington. VersaCold continued to expand globally. In 2010, the offshore operations were sold and focus was redirected to expand the market in North America. Today, VersaCold is the largest temperature sensitive logistics network in Canada, with 31 temperature controlled warehouses and distribution centres. A fleet of trucks prove local, regional, national and international transportation across Canada and the United States. VersaCold has developed a reputation across North America for exceptional customer service and technological innovation focused on the handling of temperature sensitive products.





With the fentanyl crisis showing no signs of slowing down and the construction sector notoriously plagued with addiction and mental health issues, we want our members to know there are options available.

The Construction Industry Rehab Plan’, is a benefit available to LiUNA Local 1611 members and their families. The plan is available at no additional cost, for anyone who is struggling with issues around Mental Health and/or Addiction. Although the plan is provided to you as part of your benefits, it operates as an independent organization to ensure your privacy and confidentiality.

In 2016 the plan underwent an extensive redesign and expansion, bringing the treatment program up-to-date, grounded in solid scientific and evidence based practices. All clinical staff are trained mental health and addiction specialists with a minimum of a Masters Degree, with backgrounds in Psychology and Social Work. They provide CONFIDENTIAL and specialized services in:

  • Trauma counselling
  • Mental health screening
  • Mental health assessments
  • Mental health coaching
  • Skype counselling for those ‘out of area’
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family counselling
  • Psychoeducational workshops
  • Training for staff within the industry
  • Referrals to residential treatment programs

If you or a loved one are struggling… 

CALL 604 521-8611 /toll free 1 888-521-8611.

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