Work in Canada

Work opportunities are opening up as a part of one of the largest expansions of energy production in Canada’s history. This year projects will begin breaking ground in oil production, hydroelectric, dams and bridges, mining and ore processing, even offshore oil rigs in dry-dock. These can be UBC jobs, but if members don’t fill them, they will surely go to non-union workers.

The volume of upcoming work means there will be thousands of available positions, from millwright work, concrete forms, general carpentry, scaffold, in addition to Canada’s normal commercial work throughout the country. The sheer volume of available work is already beginning to create higher demand for more union Carpenters and Millwrights than our Canadian UBC will be able to provide.

 If you're interested in UBC work in Canada, you can't just fly there or call a Canadian affiliate. You need formal documents, proven skills, and Council sign-off for the special dispatch list. For carpenters interested in taking advantage of these opportunities, online registration through the UBC’s website is the only way to get UBC work in Canada. Do not call the Canadian UBC office. You will be referred back to your local. Before getting on the referral list, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a journeyman.
  • You must be in good standing (no unpaid dues, fees, etc.).
  • You must have (or get) a valid U.S. Passport.
  • You must get a clean FBI Record Check. TWIC card are NOT acceptable.
    • No record of any kind
    • Not even one DWI/DUI
  • You must have passed the OSHA-10 or -30 safety course (either one).
  • You must be willing to undergo drug testing.
  • Training and Experience Requirements 

Processing time on the necessary paperwork can take up to 5 to 6 weeks or more so.  Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to fill out the UBC’s online application. The only way to do this is by logging on to the UBC’s member section at 

Access the complete instructions for applying for work in Canada  through the UBC's website at Click on the Work in Canadabutton and sign into the Members Only section of the website. 

If you have interest in going to Canada, or you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Troy Singleton
Northeast Carpenters' Canada Coordinator

Creating an account on

If you haven't already registered on the UBC's website, you will need to create an account. To do so you will need the following:

  • your last name
  • the last 4 digits of your social security number 
  • your UBC ID#

You will then be asked to verify your personal contact information and enter an email address. Then you will be asked create a user name for you account.

Once you have created your account, you will receive a Site Registration email with temporary password. Follow the log in link then enter your user name and temporary password to enter You will be asked to change your password upon entering the site for the first time. After that you will have access to all of the Member's Only information on the UBC's website.