How to apply
The waterfront is always in need of BC Trades Qualified (BCTQ) or Canadian Interprovincial Red Seal tradespeople, particularly in the following trades:
The BCMEA accepts applications for tradespeople on an ongoing basis and retains application details for a period of two years. Trades recruitment occurs regularly and is based on port demand.
Requirements for Trades Employment
Trades applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
Applicants must be BC Trades Qualified (BCTQ) or Canadian Interprovincial Red Seal Certified in their relevant trade.
Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. Candidates must currently be eligible to work in Canada.
As English is the international language of the ports, all candidates must be proficient at speaking and writing English.
Applicants must be 17 years of age or older.
The applicant may be required to submit to a Transport Canada background security check and clearance which must be maintained as a condition of employment.
To apply for trades positions please send your resume and a copy of your BCTQ or Interprovincial Red Seal to Christi Frank by email:
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected will be contacted.
As Trades applicants will only be eligible for dispatch in their qualified trade, the selection process differs from that of general longshore candidates.
Electricians selected for recruitment are required to pass a BCIT exam arranged by the BCMEA to ensure their ability to transfer their skills to the Longshore Industry.
All trades applicants must successfully complete Safety Orientation Program (SOP) 2, which provides candidates with the basic safety knowledge required for waterfront employment, such as:
Candidates must successfully complete a written test at the close of the orientation to ensure their understanding and knowledge retention of the materials covered.