Building and Construction Trades Unions Making a Difference

The partnership between unionized workers of Trades NL (formerly known as NLBCTC and RDTC) and the Health Care Foundation has had a tremendous impact on health care in the province. To date, the unions of Trades NL have donated over $15 million to enhance adult health care here at home. 


Thanks to an investment of $1 million from Trades NL, the patients in our province have access to the best 3 T MRI on the market. 


Integrated Operating Suites

Through a fund created within the Hebron project, Trades NL funded the complete replacement of medical equipment and technology in 17 traditional operating suites at both St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre, transforming them into integrated operating suites. 

  *  News Release: Integrated Operating Suites Named in Recognition of Major Contribution

SPECT  Scanners

Trades NL in partnership with Vale jointly gave $1.4 million towards two single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scanners at Eastern Health. A SPECT Scanner is a diagnostic tool that combines the capability of nuclear medicine and radiology to create fused images that help diagnose and monitor cardiac and cancer patients' treatment. Today, these scanners are housed at the new Nuclear and Molecular Imaging Facility at the Health Sciences Complex. 

Cardiac Catheterization Suites

Through the Long Harbour Project, Vale along with Trades NL donated in excess of $1.6 million to the Foundation to support the revitalization of the cardiac catheterization suites at the Health Sciences Centre. In 2014, two of the revitalized catheterization suites were formally named in honour of Vale and the RDTC (Trades NL).