Nonpartisan Politics

The UBC encourages its nearly half-million members to be active participants in the political process through voting and volunteering.
The union pursues “Carpenter Politics,” an inclusive and nonpartisan effort to support candidates who champion the goals of working people, promote needed infrastructure investments, and support fair trade.

Most of the union’s political activity takes place in its local unions and regional councils. Their political committees interview candidates seeking support, promote political involvement and voting among the membership, and assist in campaigns.

The Brotherhood’s brand of participatory politics doesn’t get shelved with the yard signs after Election Day. Members are encouraged to attend government meetings and public hearings where issues affecting them are discussed and to reach out directly to the officials they helped elect.

Why It Matters

The Carpenters Union has a long and proud history of advocating for meaningful social progress by getting involved in the federal, provincial and municipal political process, both at election time and in the periods between elections. And we have had enormous success, particularly in recent years, with respect to ensuring that governments are responding to the issues that matter most to our members and their families.

Examples of this success can be seen everywhere – from massive infrastructure investments that have created thousands of construction jobs to more balanced labour laws and enhanced workplace health and safety regulations, our political action efforts have made a positive impact. And with your help, we will continue to advocate and achieve our political action goals in the months and years ahead.

Get Involved

Political Action can only be successful if our members make their voices heard and come out to support our goals. During election campaigns, there are lots of opportunities to volunteer by helping candidates who support our issues, making sure we get out to vote (and encouraging our friends and family to do the same). And between elections, we need members who are willing to get involved with various lobbying efforts.

To join the CDCO Political Action Team, please fill out the form below or contact Susan Nicholson by phone at 905-652-4140 or 1-888-803-5008 or by e-mail at