Mar 20

How Cannabis is Reshaping Construction

LiUNA members have seen a fair share of changes and challenges in the construction industry. But one of the most unexpected? The way the cannabis industry is starting to weave its way into workdays and projects. Let's dive into how this green wave is impacting LiUNA members – from the ground up.

Cultivating New Grounds

Since Canada embraced cannabis, there's been a whole new type of project on the rise – cannabis facilities. These aren't your typical construction gigs. They demand innovative approaches, like advanced climate control systems, top-notch security, and lighting that mimics the sun itself.

It's a fresh challenge, but it's also opening doors for union members to learn and master new skills. For those who love diving into the nitty-gritty of tech and innovation, these projects are like hitting the jackpot.

Safety First, Always!

Let's talk about the elephant in the room – safety. With cannabis legalization, there's been a significant push to ensure worksites remain as safe as they've always been.

This means implementing clearer guidelines around impairment, including cannabis. It's about ensuring that everyone goes home in the same shape they arrived in. There's a bit of a learning curve, sure, but it's all in the name of keeping the crew safe.

Plus, it's sparking conversations about workplace health and safety in ways we haven't seen before, which is always a good thing.

Green Building Goes Greener

Sustainability is a hot topic these days, and the cannabis industry is surprisingly at the forefront. Many cannabis companies are focused on reducing their environmental footprint, using renewable energy, and even organic growing methods.

This green mindset is influencing how facilities are built. It's prompting union members to think about how every project can be more eco-friendly, whether it's by using sustainable materials or cutting down on waste. It's good for the planet and offers a chance to lead by example in green construction practices.

Boosting Our Communities

The rise of cannabis facilities is doing more than just changing the types of projects union members work on; it's also giving a boost to local economies. These projects create jobs and stimulate growth, benefiting everyone in the community.

It's rewarding to see how the hard work of union members can help revitalize an area, bringing new life and opportunities to places that need it most.

LiUNA members are no strangers to adaptation and growth. The intersection of cannabis and construction is just another step in their journey. It's bringing new opportunities, challenges, and a chance to lead in areas like safety and sustainability.

The key? Keeping an open mind and staying informed.