Special Projects Agreement provides significant opportunity for Building Trades Contractors and Tradespeople

HALIFAX, NS – May 10, 2017 – The Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades and the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association (NSCLRA) are pleased to announce they have reached a labour agreement for the proposed $8.3-billion Goldboro LNG project.

A project of this size and scope provides significant opportunity for youth and apprentices; it secures work for Nova Scotia’s skilled contractors and tradespersons close to home. The two sides worked diligently to ensure an agreement was in place, guaranteeing labour supply and stability throughout the project.

“We have the experience and the skilled trades to complete a project of this size, and we are excited to showcase our ability on a project of this magnitude,” says Brad Smith, Executive Director of the Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades. “And we recognize this as an important step in the process of securing a positive investment decision.”

Both the Mainland Building Trades and the NSCLRA worked with the Province of Nova Scotia to update the Construction Projects Labour Relations Act. The legislation helps allow labour stability for construction projects of this size and significance.

Allan Stapleton, President of the NSCLRA adds, “This project labour agreement creates a stable labour relations climate that will support the investment decision to bring work and benefits to our province.”

The Goldboro LNG project is to include a liquefied natural gas processing facility, storage tanks and marine works in the Goldboro Industrial Park. The plant itself would be capable of producing up to 10 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas annually, and the marine facility would have the capacity to handle carriers of up to 250,000 cubic meters.

The Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades Council, through our affiliated unions, provides highly trained, safe working Industrial-Commercial-Institutional tradespeople to the Nova Scotia construction industry. The Building Trades of Nova Scotia represents 11,000 professional tradespeople, providing a united voice on issues affecting the skilled trades.

The Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association represents 325 employers in collective bargaining with trade unions in the industrial and commercial sectors of the construction industry.


For more information contact:

Brad Smith
Executive Director, Mainland Building Trades

Allan Stapleton
President, NSCLRA