CLR-A is an employers' association representing construction companies in collective bargaining with the Building Trades Unions, collective agreement administration, labour law matters, and joint initiatives with other industry stakeholders.  We deliver comprehensive programs to foster safe, healthy and productive workplaces in the construction industry.  We support and invest in Construction Best Practices. 

What's New?

January 1st, 2017


At the Annual General Meeting of the membership held on November 3, 2016, the Board of Directors recommended, the Council adopted and the membership ratified, the following increase to CLR Hourly Dues effective January 1, 2017:

CLR Hourly Dues:    Increase from to 11¢ per hour worked under CLR collective agreements. For work performed by member companies under other construction collective agreements, the rate will increase from 3.5¢ to 5.5¢ per hour worked, to a maximum of $25 per month per agreement.

The on-line remittance forms will be updated to reflect the above amounts for the January 2017 contributions, which will be due in February 2017.

Please call me if you have any questions or concerns respecting these adjustments.

December 8, 2016

Marijuana and the Safety Sensitive Worker – A Resource For Employers and Employees

Employers struggle with decisions respecting the safe deployment of workers using medically authorized marijuana.  The federal government is now moving towards a model of legalization, regulation and restriction of marijuana use generally in the adult population, and the challenges for employers maintaining safe workplaces is likely to escalate.  But there has not been solid information guiding employers and informing employees in respect to understanding this drug, the effect it may have on the individual worker and in the workplace, particularly with respect to safety sensitive duties, and what type of guidelines should exist in terms of procedure and policy for those individuals using the drug.

Dr. Brendan Adams has exhaustively researched these issues and has drafted a resource paper: “Marijuana and the Safety Sensitive Worker”.  Please find it as well as a useful Q&A, by clicking on the link below. It can also be downloaded in PDF form.

Marijuana and the Safety Sensitive Worker.
PDFs: main document / appendix document

February 29, 2016

There has been an addition to the CEFAP Plans Rules and Eligibility Criteria with the addition of D (iv).

February 22, 2016

Notice of Adjustment of Vehicle and Travel Allowances

December 3, 2015


To employers affected by:

  • Alberta Construction Collective Agreements negotiated under registration certificates held by CLRA
  • National Maintenance Agreement (NMA)
  • General Presidents' Maintenance Agreements (GPMA) in Alberta

This notice is in respect to employment of the following trades under the above noted agreements:

  • Carpenters
  • Insulators
  • Ironworkers - Structural
  • Millwrights
  • Plasterers
  • Sheet Metal Workers Cement Masons
  • Ironworkers - Reinforcing Labourers
  • Operating Engineers
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • Sheeters, Deckers and Cladders

Effective January 1st, 2016, the remittance rates for Case Management/Rapid Site Access Program will be:

  • Industrial Construction (CLRA): 12¢ per hour worked
  • Short Term and Shutdown Maintenance (NMA): 12¢ per hour worked
  • Long Term Maintenance (GPNA): 6¢ per hour worked

Increase to the rates of remittances for Case Management and the Rapid Site Access Program has been required for some time. Over the past two years, the program has suffered deficits in excess of $850,000, and the Association can no longer sustain the program from our reserves. The CLR Board determined that adjustment to the contribution rates should be delayed to coincide with the need to adjust payroll systems, such as for wage adjustments. There were no adjustments to the wages for industrial work for these trades in 2015. Accordingly, the adjustment of the contribution rates was delayed to January 151, 2016 to coincide with payroll system adjustments required by changes to taxation and other payroll burdens.

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our amalgamated form for Substance Abuse Expert (SAE) Assessments under the CEFAP Plan. The form is called “A&D Policy Violation Referral Form” and replaces both the Contractor Referral Form and the Union Referral Form. Please ensure you circulate this information to anyone with your organization that is responsible for A&D referrals.