The CWB Welding Foundation is a national registered charity that relies on the support of industry and community organizations to address the welding skilled trade shortage in Canada. The Foundation supports the Canadian welding industry in having a sustainable labour supply of welding professionals and skilled tradespeople that contribute to our economic prosperity. Through forging partnerships between industry, education and government we enable Canadians to build great careers in the welding industry, through encouraging awareness, training, the promotion of best practices through a quality educational experience, impartial advocacy and greater accessibility.
Through Education-based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, Indigenous, women, and the underrepresented. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.
We are members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers. Boilermakers have been working in Canada since the start of the industrial revolution in the early 1700s. The members of our union have been building the industrial landscape of Canada since the 1890s. Our trade is a major builder of today’s industrial revolution – in the shipyards, petrochemical plants, pulp mills, steel plants, steel fabrication shops, mines, power plants, cement plants and military bases. Boilermakers are involved in the fabrication, installation, maintenance, repair, inspection and operation of the equipment that keeps Canada’s economic engine moving forward.
As Boilermakers, we are required to be trained through apprenticeship programs as Boilermakers, steel fabricators, welders, millwrights or non-destructive technicians. Most members of our union have more than one qualification.
Canada’s Boilermakers union is founded on the principle that in a democracy, good unionism is good citizenship. The purpose of our union is to:
We are here to work with the business community and different levels of government for the betterment of our industry and society.
The CWB Group is an industry-supported private sector organization providing welding certification, management systems registration and training services to over 7600 companies in 48 countries. Supported through CWB Certification, CWB Education, CWB Registration, CWB Consulting, and the CWB Association membership, the CWB Group provides a comprehensive and integrated service to the welding and joining industry.
Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, with staff and offices across the country, the CWB Group is accredited by and operates under the authority of, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a Certification Body for the administration of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) welding-related standards.
Recognized as one of the largest and most innovative welding organizations in the world, CWB Group’s reach is unique in the fact that we are a national mandated organization that has successfully transitioned into international markets, bringing with us our high standards welding certification, education, safety and membership. The CWB Group prides itself in being innovative in our services and highly responsive to their clients’ needs, which results in an important contribution to the high level of competence enjoyed by industries employing welding and joining and the consistent progress in welding technology, as well as the reliability of welded products.