Merit Network

Give your workers the confidence in knowing they have only one thing to worry about: the job at hand.

Merit NS got its start from a handful of contractors with a vision to make the construction industry better for workers. A couple of decades later, Merit Nova Scotia is the provincial voice of open shop construction and an innovator in human resources. Whether you’re a company of 5 or 5000, Merit Nova Scotia has you covered.

As a member of Merit, you’ll be stronger and more supported. Your benefits will work harder and your programs more efficiently. Merit can make open shop construction better for you and your workers than ever before.

“Merit is an industry leader that provides incredible benefits for our employees and isn’t afraid to stand up on behalf of the open shop. They are business focused, committed to their members and always provide opportunities for open shop contractors to grow and build relationships in the construction industry. We couldn’t be happier with the service Merit provides.” – Tim Jones, T.J’s Electric

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Merit Contractors Insurance Program

Marsh Canada Limited, in conjunction with Merit Canada, has designed a program to address the unique insurance needs of all independent contractors across Canada. From property coverage to surety services, the program provides comprehensive insurance solutions in a seamless and easy-to-buy package.

The program, created exclusively for Merit contractors, is designed to provide superior coverage and is sold exclusively through your local Marsh Canada office. Merit contractors can depend on this program which is backed by Marsh’s competent, client-focused service teams.

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Tuition Reimbursement Program (Benefit Members Only)
Merit Nova Scotia will reimburse part of apprenticeship tuition fees to eligible Merit Nova Scotia member employees.  (More info)

Merit Contractors Construction Trade Award
A $1,000 award is awarded annually in the spring and is open to graduates of CANS Building Futures for Youth program and graduates of the O2 (Options & Opportunities) program who are entering their first year of full-time studies in one of the programs in the School of Trades & Technology at NSCC.  (Details)

Heather Cruickshanks Women in Trades Award

A $1,000 award will be given annually in the spring awards cycle to a female NSCC community college student entering or continuing full-time studies in the trades.  (Details)

Apprenticeship Awards Program
Annually Merit Nova Scotia chooses a graduating Merit member company apprentice as Merit Journeyperson of the Year.  (Details)

Skills Canada ~ Nova Scotia Competition
Merit apprentices are eligible to receive support from Merit Nova Scotia if they compete in the Skills Competition.

Employer of Excellence Award
This award is presented annually to an employer practicing good human resource services for their employees.  (More info)

Retiree Benefit Plan (between ages 55 and 90) (Benefit Members Only)

Gold, Silver or Bronze level of healthcare and out-of-country coverage is available on a single or couple basis.  Optional dental coverage may be added.

Hiring and Occupation Testing

SureHire – Merit members receive a 10% discount on all SureHire’s program.  Visit

ClearFit – Members receive a $50 discount on initial programs.   Visit


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