Working as one for Canada’s construction industry

Merit’s Board of Directors exists to ensure all actions, policies and initiatives are always member driven.

We are proud to represent this industry. We believe our members deserve to have access to the best health benefits, training, human resource tools and unwavering advocacy, so they can achieve the highest level of growth.











We believe that success should be built on Merit

Merit National provides comprehensive group health benefits, training, human resource tools and unwavering advocacy to support the needs of the construction industry across Canada. With over 1,300 member companies who employ more than 40,000 people from coast to coast to coast, our focus is to ensure that every one of our members is set up for success.





Since we first opened our doors in 1986, our mission has always remained the same:

To support the development of open shop construction and advocate open shop values by encouraging sound business practices, while also contributing to the training, career development and overall well-being of construction industry workers and their families.

This mission is what inspires us every day to ensure our members always know they’re our top priority.


Merit was created with the belief that good values inspire great results. 

Member Focus
Ensure needs are always met through exceptional value and service.

Be honest and always do the right thing.

Support open and fair competition.

Acknowledge and reward outstanding performance.

Support open and fair competition.

Core Purposes

Our wide range of services are based on five fundamental principles:

  • Deliver effective, hand-on leadership for open shop construction and other related industries.
  • Provide cost-effective benefits for member companies and their employees and families.
  • Support the development of a stable and skilled construction industry.
  • Encourage and back programs that increase workforce participation.
  • Offer quality education for members that encourages career growth and improves workplace safety and environmental protection.


The Open Shop Movement

North America’s construction industry was highly unionized causing excessive work disruptions, jurisdictional disputes and escalating costs.

Fifty years ago, the open shop movement was essential in getting people to work and continuing to build  important infrastructure. Beginning in the United States, open shop migrated to Canada by the early 1980’s, where it was well-received. In some areas, like Alberta, they occurred virtually overnight.

This movement was vital in improving North America’s highly unionized construction industry, which caused unnecessary work disruptions, jurisdictional disputes and escalating costs.

A critical piece of open shop was Merit Alberta’s creation of the hour bank benefit plan, which was developed to accommodate the transient nature of construction employees between companies. To improve open construction even more, Merit Alberta also created the College of Construction so members could access the very best managerial and construction training programs available to improve their workforce.





We are proud to announce Merit’s Mental Health Strategy.

This program will keep mental health at the forefront for Merit members, their employees, and families.

We have made available to our members resources to assist in navigating mental health issues in the workplace and at home.