MERIT Contractors Association is the only organization of its kind in Manitoba, supporting and representing the unique and diverse interests of open shop contractors.
Our organization consists of more than 270 Manitoba open shop companies, ranging from very small to very large. MERIT companies and their employees are committed to achieving the highest standards of safety, quality, efficiency and economy.
MERIT Contractors Association of Manitoba was incorporated in 1994 and is the only provincial association whose sole membership are open shop contractors. An “Open Shop” describes a workplace where employment is not dependent on membership or non-membership in a union. Within the realms of construction contracting, open shop specifically refers to a situation in which owners, architects, developers, construction managers, general contractors and others do not consider the union (or lack thereof) of a contractor’s employees when awarding a contract.
We are stewards of promoting and representing the unique interests of open shop contracting. We offer cost effective, high quality benefits, services, and educational programs to the construction industry.