Building Up is Toronto’s leading registered pre-apprenticeship program, and a non-profit social contractor, that uses both in-class training and on-site renovations and affordable housing development as an opportunity to train and employ individuals with barriers to enter the construction sector. With a collaborative and passionate staff of 40, we support 380 trainees and alumni annually. Resulting in 80% going to build full-time careers in the construction trades.

Our culture is led by four core beliefs, a belief in Human Potential, Equity and Community, Respecting One Another, and an Entrepreneurial Grassroots Spirit.

Required Experience & Qualifications:

  • Experience of at least 6 years working in the construction industry
  • Experience leading a full home renovation
  • Experience training individuals with no previous work experience
  • Comfortable using email and spreadsheets
  • Driver’s license and own vehicle is mandatory
  • Muscle strength to independently lift, push, pull, or carry objects at labour sites

As a person:

  • Can clearly communicate with clients, supervisors and trainees
  • Reliable, proactive and supportive team member
  • Has a passion for Building Up’s mission and dedication to the well being of our trainees/employees

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Production (70%)

  • Actively work with tools through all phases of production on renovation projects: demolition, rough carpentry, drywall, finish carpentry, flooring, tile, paint, finishes, etc.
  • Works on projects with budgets ranging $0-$750,000, primarily in the residential small building sector with infrequent institutional and commercial projects as well.
  • Train Building Up staff on tool, task, and process while concurrently working to meet construction deadlines and deliverables.
  • Read, interpret, and build from blueprints and drawings independently
  • Ensures project and staff adhere to Ontario Building Code, municipal zoning requirements, OHSA, and other applicable laws
  • Coordinates with Construction Managers to keep project costs within the allotted project budget
  • Create material takeoffs and coordinate purchase and delivery of materials in accordance with the project budget up to $2000.
  • Gives feedback to the Construction Manager to adjust site labour needs and schedule
  • Inform Construction Manager if extra work requested by client to prepare change orders
  • Co-ordinate subcontractor and materials deliveries in collaboration with construction managers, project schedules, milestones and deliverables. Coordinating scope of work and project requirements with multiple sub-trades.

Supervision (20%)

  • Lead production on renovation projects from start to finish, working on the tools and training lead hands and trainees.
  • Lead regular site meetings and toolbox talks to set a clear plan for daily activities for the crew, remind trainees to sign into scheduling software and discuss any potential health and safety concerns.
  • Provide on the job coaching, and ensure that BU sites are an inclusive learning space for participants to grow their skills and employability.
  • Accept and understand the legal responsibilities and liabilities of the role of a supervisor under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
  • Ensure that everyone on site is following OHSA and BU Health and Safety Policies
  • Responsible for maintaining an organized and clean job site.
  • Maintains appropriate materials & Health and Safety inventory and requests refills on site when needed
  • Liaise with clients, and social housing tenants, some of which may have communication barriers or show hostility
  • Lead by example by actively living the culture and values of Building Up, which includes respectful communication, active listening and empathy, shared ownership, and being part of a movement that empowers people who face barriers to employment.

Reporting and Administrative tasks (10%)

  • Fill out weekly site evaluations for all the trainees you worked with to ensure they receive timely and constructive written feedback to improve.
  • Submit all required reports by the deadline. This may include the Daily COVID-19
  • Workplace Screening, inventory tracking, and any new forms or updated versions of these forms.
  • Submit reports in MS Office suite, Google Drive, Spreadsheets, Procore, and email.
  • Inspect PPE kits to have at least minimum levels and request Health and Safety Coordinator for refills.
  • Respond to management communications on all platforms
  • Report absences and lates to management
  • Provides written and verbal trainee feedback to Case Managers
  • Participate in post-project reviews with Building Up management to improve internal processes, project success rates and positive outcomes of contracting division mandates.

Building Up encourages applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity and inclusion in our work environment and the communities we serve. We are also committed to providing accommodations at all stages of recruitment and employment in accordance with AODA. If you are contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise the HR Manager if you require accommodation.

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $30.00-$42.00 per hour


  • Automobile allowance
  • Dental care
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Paid time off
  • RRSP match
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Wellness program


  • 8 hour shift
  • COVID-19 considerations: We have a comprehensive COVID-19 policy to keep you and the entire crew safe.

Application question(s):

  • Are you legally eligible to work in Canada? Yes or No.
  • Are you comfortable working with marginalized groups with no previous work experience and/or challenging work habits? Yes or No.


  • Construction: 6 years (required)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 2023-08-04
Expected start date: 2023-07-31

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