About the PLCAC

The Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) was founded in Edmonton in 1954, following the construction of the original TransMountain pipeline. The Association was formed to represent Canadian contractors in labour relations matters and to develop a Canadian-based workforce with the specialized technical, trade and craft skills required for pipeline construction and maintenance.

The PLCAC negotiates and renews, with the building trades unions in Canada that have traditionally held pipeline construction jurisdiction, four Canada-wide collective agreements covering mainline cross country transmission pipeline construction, four Canada-wide collective agreements covering natural gas distribution pipeline construction within cities and towns, and four Canada-wide collective agreements covering pipeline maintenance and service.

The Association also actively liaises with government, pipeline owning companies, pipeline craft unions and other external stakeholders as an advocate for the unionized pipeline construction industry.

The PLCAC produces various publications and videos for use during employee safety orientation meetings, industry trade shows and workforce recruitment.  Each year post-secondary students of parents employed in the industry are eligible for awards through the PLCAC Student Award Program, which has assisted over 200 students to date.

Worker training programs in pipeline welding, specialty pipeline equipment operation and skills upgrading are provided through partnering with the building trades unions. Professional leadership development courses are developed and available for use by regular members.

As of January 01, 2022, the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada has 36 regular members, 94 associate members and 30 honorary members.

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Last Updated: February 14, 2023