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Hamilton & District Heavy Construction (HAND) Association



The HAND Plans Room is now located at the Hand Office (Unit 104).

Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.(hours may vary).

Alternately and in attempt to not disrupt member service, plans can be made available upon request to the Association Office.

See Below Features:


- UPFRONT is our Hand/Mohawk College Civil Co-op Program -

Here's our advertisement to Mohawk Students:


Below is our next news line - up. Scroll down for more information on each!


- First Annual City of Hamilton "Youth in Construction" Pilot Program

- Fourth Annual Student Scholarship Award Recipient Announcement


- 5th Annual Student Scholarship


- 2017 - 6th Annual High School Contruction Day


- Customizable Health and Safety Occupational Manual



Youth in Constructon

On Wednesday May 24, 2017 the City of Hamilton commenced the “Youth in Construction” pilot program in collaboration with the above partners. This initiative was designed to empower, educate and develop opportunities for youth and lead them to meaningful and sustainable employment in skills trades.
Out of twenty three applicants, eight youth between the ages of 19 to 29 who may require extra support  and mentoring were selected to undergo Life Skills Training as well as Construction Craft Training.
Along with training subsidy funding, Hand Association members provided employment with emphasis on mentorship in effort to help guide them to a better life.


On behalf of the Hamilton & District Heavy Construction (Hand) Association Board of Directors it is with pleasure to announce the 2018 student scholarship awards recipients. They are:


After completing with honours as Wilfrid Laurier University, Garret is now attending his first year studying Civil Engineering at Mohawk College and is looking forward to a bright future career in the Civil Sector.



After completing wit honours at the University of West, Michael is now attending his first year at Waterloo University studying Doctor of Pharmacy. Michael is devoted to expand his knowledge base and refine skills related to the field of Pharmacy.

 Both Garrett and Michael will be acknowledged at the Association's 

51st  Directors Dinner held Thursday April 12, 2018. 

Through the governance of the Board of Directors an internal committee was formed to determine two deserving award recipients offered to children of a salaried employees who are members of the Association. This year one award was giving to an applicant studying Civil Engineering and one award provided to a student studying any other program. Applicants were required to submit proof of post secondary enrollment, prior year school transcripts, community service efforts, a resume and also an essay on why they felt deserving of this award. All applicants names were kept anonymous during the judging process.

 "Continued effort to support and promote our industry"


5th Annual President's Scholarship Awards Opportunity

The Hamilton & District Heavy Construction (Hand) Association is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Student Scholarship Awards available to applicants who are family members, co-op or summer students sponsored by and Hand Association member in good standing.

The Association will provide two awards in the amount of $2,500.00 per award.

One award will be provided to a student enrolled in a Civil Construction related program and one award will be provided to a student enrolled in any other program.

An additional award of $1,000 will be provided to the 2nd student enrolled in a Civil Construction program.

Application deadline - September 10, 2018.

Please find below scholarship criteria and interactive links to the required application documents: 
Scholarship Application Form 2018
Application Form 
Community Service & Achievement Form
Release of Personal Information 




6th High School Construction day

In collaboration with the Ontario Construction Careers Alliance,
Hamilton Separate and Public School Board's Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and the City of Hamilton Public Works departments, the Hand Association hosted its
6th Annual High School Construction Day.
With the growing concern of skilled labour shortage
and in attempt to enlighten students that our industry requires an infusion of young new talent, two busloads of senior students explored
a career opportunity in Heavy Construction.

Geared up in Personal Protective Equipment the students toured:

1.    Coco Paving Inc. - Wilson Street West Road Reconstruction Project

2. Lafarge Canada Dundas Quarry

3. Operated Heavy Equipment Simulators

(Contest prizes donated by Nortrax Canada)

Students were provided with donated gifts and information packages outlining an overview of career possibilities in the Heavy Construction.
Thanks to Labourer's Union of North America Local 837 and
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793 for their many contributions including a "Pita Pit" lunch.
An effort to be proud of!!

Click on Power Point Show Below!

6th High School Constr Day Hamilton 2017



Customizable Occupational Health and Safety Policy Manual

The OSWCA, through the Young Executives Committee (YEC), has compiled a Health and Safety Program and Reference Manual for Members of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA), 2014. To view see link below.

OSWCA Health and Safety Program Manual July-2014

The manual is available for all OSWCA members. It will also be posted on our website or available by contacting our office at info@oswca.org.

This manual is intended to act as a seed document to assist members in developing or updating their own occupational health and safety (OH&S) policies and procedures. The document is designed to allow each individual company to customize the included policies and procedures to fit their own individual circumstance, with the necessary areas for modification highlighted in yellow for ease of reference.

It is important to note that once completed, this policy manual will not, on its own, make your company compliant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA), or any other construction/safety legislations or regulations. It is necessary to implement the policies and procedures, and train all employees on the relevant items to be compliant.

In order to implement a practical health and safety culture and become compliant with the OHSA, WSIA, and other construction/safety legislations and regulations, your program must encompass a fully documented cyclical pattern of:
·       Program development;
·       OH&S training and documentation of training;
·       Program implementation;
·       Review and evaluation of company policies and procedures; and,
·       Revision

In other words, you must train staff and be able to demonstrate through documentation how your company is applying the various policies and procedures.

If you have any questions about the attached Health and Safety Program and Reference Manual for Members of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA), 2014, please contact Patrick. Patrick.mcmanus@oswca.org of 905-629-8819

 OSWCA Health and Safety Program Manual July-2014       

For more information please contact the Association Office.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hours may vary.