The Alberta Regional Council
of Carpenters and Allied Workers


Basic Facts

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters represents more than 550,000 skilled workers in Canada and the United States. Its Head Office is in Washington, DC.

The UBC operates a massive $US 80 million International Training Centre in Las Vegas

In Alberta alone, the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers (ARCAAW) invests more than $3 million every year in training its 12,000 members.

The new $23 million Provincial Training & Administration Centre in Edmonton contains more than 30,000 square feet of space dedicated to state-of-the-art carpentry, scaffolding and millwrighting training centres. The entire building is geothermally heated and cooled.

The majority of ARCAAW’s members are scaffolders. Some are industrial/commercial carpenters and many hold dual tickets.

Scaffolding is a huge industry in Alberta, as it is a necessity when large projects are built and/or regularly maintained. Up to 30% or more of the cost of a major oil sands plant, for example, can be scaffolding.

About 1,100 of ARCAAW’s members are millwrights.