MERIT Contractors Association of Manitoba was incorporated in 1994 and is the only open shop association in the province. An “Open Shop” describes a workplace where employment is not dependent on membership or non-membership in a union. Within the realms of construction contracting, open shop specifically refers to a situation in which owners, architects, developers, construction managers, general contractors and others do not consider the union (or lack thereof) of a contractor’s employees when awarding a contract.
Merit Canada was established in November 2008 as a united national voice for provincial Open Shop construction associations. Merit Canada member organizations administer the largest multi-employer benefit plan in Canada’s construction industry. We provide a comprehensive, cost effective benefit plan, as well as education and training, and advocacy services to open shop contractors.