There are a great number of reasons why
membership is an advantage to contractors and subcontractors. Not all
associations offer the same benefits, but rest assured – construction
associations all offer some huge advantages to the
industry and the construction industry at
There are a great number of reasons why Construction Association contractor or subtrade
will have their own priority for these advantages.
You will undoubtedly re-prioritize them as suits your needs.
1. Membership Directory and Buyers Guide
associations publish a new membership directory each year.
This up-to-date reference tool is distributed to members, architects,
engineers, other associations etc. in your area. Work can be directed your
way as a result of this useful tool.
2. Plan Room
- Plan rooms are an integral part of
the construction association. Trades can make use of the facilities
offered by completing their take-offs of plans available at the
3. Technical Services
- Associations have highly
qualified staff members prepared to meet members’ needs in regards to
photocopying, faxing and computer help. Many associations offer internet
services whereby members can access plan lists, bidder lists, addenda, low
bids and awards. Some even have an electronic plan room where
members can access drawings from their own office via computer.
4. Contract Documents
- Contract documents,
contract forms and many other documents are available at construction
associations at discounted prices. Some associations even offer affidavit
services for swearing before an Affidavit Commissioner.
- Construction related publications
such as the Daily Commercial News in Canada are available for viewing at
the associations. As well, safety materials, handbooks and manuals are
available for members’ use.
- Local associations, are members of
state or provincial associations which are in turn members of national
associations. As a member of your construction association, you have
representation on issues from local to national matters that can affect
your industry and thus your livelihood.
7. Group Insurance Plan
- As members of your
local association, you are eligible for group insurance coverage through
their broker. Many contractors and subtrades are too small to be able to
afford such coverage.
8. Mediation and Arbitration
- Many associations
will arrange mediation or arbitration services upon your request. As well,
both union and non-union contractors can utilize the labour relations
services offered by associations. Answers to questions regarding the
Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, and even in the Human
Rights field may be as close as your association’s telephone.
9. Meeting Room and Educational Services
associations offer the use of their meeting rooms or classrooms for your
business meetings. Throughout the year, most associations provide members
with educational seminars and industry pertinent courses.
10. Social Events
- Periodically, construction
associations provide members with social events services by arranging
attendance at sports events and functions, dances etc. This opportunity to
mingle and network can prove invaluable to enterprising contractors and
As we noted earlier, these are just a few of the benefits to membership in
your local construction association. I’m sure that by investigating the
possibilities you will find some advantages more beneficial to you than
the ones that I
have addressed. Check out your local association and find out how
membership can add credence to your professionalism.
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