Merit Advocacy

Through a philosophy of “respectful advocacy,” Merit Nova Scotia is a strong advocate for the open shop in Nova Scotia. We encourage our employers to work with government representatives to promote the Merit Message. You can do that by following our Merit Advocacy Toolkit below or by going to the following Labour Watch link.


Merit Advocacy Toolkit

Open shop contractors should take the time to meet with legislators, develop a genuine rapport and communicate the critical issues facing the construction industry.

Your elected officials depend on you. They need to know how proposed legislation will affect the construction industry, especially your company and employees.

Remember, it’s about trust. You do not have to be a member of the same political party as your legislators or agree on every issue, but if they learn to trust and respect your views, you will become an important resource on construction and business-related issues.

It’s a good idea to seize any opportunity to meet with one of your MLA, MP or Municipal Councillor at town hall meetings or forums in the constituency, but you don’t have to wait for them to come to you.

Arrange a Meeting: Proactively organizing a personal meeting or company event is great way to become acquainted. Just remember:

• Be considerate of the representative’s schedule.

• Be prepared by ensuring you understand the political issues, but don’t forget your personal experience is a powerful asset.

• Follow up the meeting with a written thank you note summarizing your key points.

• Plan a Site Visit: Did you know you can invite an MLA, MP or Councillor to see the industry at work and meet your employees? It’s a great way to show them how their actions impact your business and employees.

Merit Nova Scotia wants to hear from you. Remember to contact Merit Nova Scotia President, Heather Cruickshanks, when you meet with your MLA, MP or Municipal Councillor or host a site visit so we can better track Merit Nova Scotia advocacy efforts. For additional information or any questions, please contact

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