With the fentanyl crisis showing no signs of slowing down, and with 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.

For further information on the C.I.R.P. check out


bc federation of labour, English, language course

The BC Federation of Labour is hosting an English as an Additional Language course starting April 11, 2019. The goal of this free 12-week program is to educate participants about workplace health and safety using an ESL curriculum model. Participants will have an opportunity to improve their language skills while learning about workers’ rights in health and safety topics such as workplace violence, preventing back injuries, workplace chemicals (WHMIS) and identification of hazards. *Participants will receive a full refund of the $50 deposit if they have attended at least half of the classes.

To register for this course go to:

scholarship, vernie reed, local 1611, education

2019 Scholarship Information

In 1981 the W. Vernie Reed Scholarship Fund was established as a living memorial to the late W. Vernie Reed, General Secretary-Treasurer of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, who represented our Northwest Region. Since that time, the scholarship fund has awarded 307 scholarships totaling over $475,000 to our members, their children and grandchildren from various Local Unions throughout the Region. We should all take great pride that we have established such a fund in memory of one of LiUNA’s past leaders, who fought so hard for every LiUNA! member, Local Union and District Council.

2019 applications are NOW being accepted. Please note that all applications must be completed in full and be returned to the address listed on the application by April 1, 2019 to be considered.


It takes the collaboration of a community to raise healthy, happy and well-adjusted children. Raising a family can be costly, sometimes a family’s financial situation can make providing essentials difficult and providing additional extra-curricular activities impossible. The LiUNA Local 1611 “Empowering Youth Project” was launched in 2018 to address these issues. Our initiatives are aimed to identify areas within a community needing assistance and look at how LiUNA Local 1611 can ease the burden and ensure that all children are being afforded the opportunities to develop, learn and thrive.


Years of budget cuts to public school funding have left classrooms without new and up-to-date reading material. As part of our Empowering Youth Project, LiUNA Local 1611 has donated thousands of dollars in ‘wish list’ literature to numerous schools throughout British Columbia. Hundreds of the latest and most desired book titles around the Province as part of our initiative.

Does your community need a helping hand? Call Membership Services at 604 538-6992 or CLICK HERE to email.



With support from First Nations, the community, all levels of government, business, labour and countless individuals and organizations, LNG Canada has been given the green light from our joint venture participants to move our LNG export facility forwards into construction.

Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and KOGAS – the joint venture participants – announced their Final Investment Decision on October 1, 2018.

The Final Investment Decision taken by our joint venture participants shows that British Columbia and Canada, working with First Nations and local communities, can deliver competitive energy projects. This decision showcases how industrial development can co-exist with environmental stewardship and Indigenous reconciliation.”
—Andy Calitz, CEO LNG Canada

LiUNA Local 1611 would like to congratulate Shell and their partners, as well as Provincial and Federal governments for working together to bring this historical project to the people of our Province. This project is expected to revitalize the area and improve the economy across British Columbia.

This record investment was enabled by the B.C. government’s new LNG Framework, released in March 2018.  In line with the government’s approach to LNG, projects should:

  • Guarantee a fair return for B.C.’s natural resources: This project is expected to generate about $23 billion in public revenue over 40 years – new funds available to invest in health care, schools, child care and other key public services.
  • Guarantee jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians: This project will create up to 10,000 jobs during construction and up to 950 permanent jobs once operations are underway.
  • Respect and make partners of First Nations: Project partners have reached agreements with elected First Nations at the project site and along the pipeline route.
  • Protect B.C.’s air, land and water, including living up to the Province’s climate commitments: LNG Canada’s project, as announced today – the world’s cleanest in terms of greenhouse gas emissions – will be accommodated within the government’s legislated emissions reduction targets.

Resources: LNG Canada, British Columbia Government Website

For more information on LNG Canada click here.


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


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