How to Join Local 27

Local 27 welcomes all interested individuals to reach out to us to see how you can become a member of our Union.  From future members still in high school to those individuals who are experienced working in construction, Local 27 provides opportunities to join for both new and experienced workers.


Are you still in high school? You can start the process to become a trades worker and a member of Local 27 through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).  Through the OYAP Program, students in high school can start the process to become part of the trades through the General Carpentry OYAP Program. To find out more about the OYAP program, please contact The College of Carpenters and Allied Trades at 905-652-5507.  You can also find out more information by visiting The College of Carpenters website at www.ccat.ca.  For those in high school, you can find more information about the OYAP by talking to your school’s guidance department or by visiting the OYAP website at www.oyap.com.  


Are you currently working in the construction industry but not part of a union?

If so contact the Local 27 Organizing Department at: 905-652-4140 and ask to speak with an organizer or click HERE to start the process to join Local 27 now!

Benefits of Membership

Once you become a member of Local 27, you gain access to a variety of resources and benefits that come along with being a member. Some of those resources and benefits include:

State of the Art Training Centres:

Local 27 in affiliation with The College of Carpenters and Allied Trades has 2 training centres located in Vaughan, that delivery a wide range of training programs including apprenticeship training, skill building courses and a wide range of health and safety courses that are available to all members of Local 27.  To find out more about The College of Carpenters, please visit their online home at www.theccat.ca.  


Assistance with Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB):

Local 27 have experienced staff ready to help with all aspects of WSIB claims. Through the dedicated staff supporting members with WSIB claims, staff also help with Employment Insurance claims and Canada Pension Plan Disability applications.


Access to Business Representatives & Organizers:

Business representatives represent the interests of members both on and off the tools. Business representatives ensure that members who work for signatory contractors receive the protections and benefits outlined in the collective agreement.  Collective agreements provide members with a safe jobsite, strong wages and access to a pension and health and welfare benefits.

Union organizers develop employment opportunities for members of Local 27 by educating employers and leading organizing campaigns promoting the benefits of being part of a union to non-union workplaces.  An organizer also promotes the Carpenters’ Union to potential members informing individuals of their rights on the job and the benefits of becoming part of a union. .


In House Benefits Administrator:

Members of Local 27 are able to meet with staff from Manion Wilkens, the pension and health and welfare benefits administrator for Local 27 members by being available to members 5 days a week at the Local 27 offices.   

Annual Member Recognition Events:

Local 27 is proud to recognize our over 8000 member membership through ongoing recognition and appreciation events. Events include our annual picnic, member recognition dinners, labour day celebrations, children’s holiday party and many other events that happen throughout the year.