The ARHCA is the largest heavy construction association in Canada. We represent contractors who work on the construction and rehabilitation of highways, municipal roads, bridges, sewer, and water projects, as well as the suppliers (such as equipment dealers, finance companies, aggregate suppliers, law firms, etc.), and consulting engineers who work with them. ARHCA member companies can also be found constructing streets, curbs and gutters, sewer and water systems, and other infrastructure for residential, commercial, oilfield, oil sands and forestry projects.

The ARHCA supports long-term, stable investment in our transportation infrastructure at the best possible value to the taxpayer. The ARHCA also believes that a strong transportation system is essential to Canada’s future, providing a cost-effective method of moving goods and services to local and world markets, and giving Canadians a safe and efficient way to travel.

Early History

The history of the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association closely parallels the growth of heavy construction in Alberta and Western Canada. Increasing demands on the province's contractors toward the end of World War II pointed to the need for a single voice to communicate to government the concerns of the construction industry. Accordingly, in 1945, the Alberta Section of the Prairie Roadbuilders Association of the Canadian Construction Association was formed. In the mid-1950's, Alberta contractors, like their counterparts in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, established their own provincial organization.

From its inception in 1956, the Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (ARHCA) welcomed both contractor and associate (supply and service sectors) members.

Unlike today, when non-union contractors predominate in the Alberta industry, the majority of members in the early years were union contractors. As a result, emphasis was originally on labour negotiations and Alberta Highway Specifications. Today, the ARHCA serves mainly as a lobby organization for its membership to help maintain and further develop a fair, equitable, and prosperous heavy construction industry in Alberta.


Association Structure


  • ARHCA members consist of:
  • two groups of regular members
    • Group A - union contractors
    • Group B - non-union contractors
  • associate members such as financial services, equipment dealers
  • consultant members - consulting engineering firms and others who provide supplies or services to the industry
  • affiliate members, including other construction associations


  • social members, including those retired from industry
  • honourary lifetime members (those members who have been recognized for distinguished service)


The annual general meeting of the ARHCA is held in either November or December following the end of the fiscal year, although other general meetings may be called at the discretion of the Board of Directors or in response to requests from the members.


A nominating committee consisting of the Immediate Past Chairman of the ARHCA and two other past Chairmen, presents a slate of officers. Additional nominations may be accepted from the floor at the annual general meeting. Directors serve a two year term.


The Board of Directors of the ARHCA runs the business of the organization under the guidance of an Executive Committee consisting of the Chairman, first and second Vice-Chairmen, President and the Immediate Past Chairman.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the ARHCA is comprised of elected members and the President. The number of committees active at any time is decided by the board. The presence of at least five board members is required to form a quorum and, since active participation on the part of board members is considered essential, a director may be dismissed if absent from several consecutive meetings.

Trade Agreements

The ARHCA is the bargaining agent with the International Union of Operating Engineers for Group A contractors through a negotiating committee selected from among Group A members.


Any changes to bylaws are made at the annual general meetings although provision exists for the organization to act in accordance with revised bylaws until approved at the annual general meeting.