Who we are

A National registered charity that supports the Canadian welding industry by increasing public safety awareness in welding, and addressing the welding skilled trade shortage in Canada

The CWA Foundation is a National registered charity that supports the Canadian welding industry by increasing public safety awareness in welding, and addressing the welding skilled trade shortage in Canada. Through education based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, indigenous, women, at-risk youth, disabled, and the disadvantaged. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.

How we are Funded

In 2011, the CWB Group Board of Directors and Management recognized that the current activities of CWB Group with respect to industry support primarily through existing bursary and scholarship programs was not sufficient to address the significant challenges the industry is facing. At that time, CWB Group provided a limited number of scholarships and bursaries, direct funding for universities, and funding for university based research. In response to industry needs, the CWA Foundation was created in April of 2013 as a federal non-share capital corporation with Registered Charitable Status. The CWA Foundation receives 75 percent of net profits from the for-profit division of CWB Group: CWBi. The formation of the Foundation will allow both the expansion of our current activities and the launch of new initiatives in order to meet the needs of industry now and into the future.

By 2016, the demands of the industry have allowed the CWA Foundation to expand their programs and initiatives to encourage, inspire, and support more Canadians to become part of the welding industry. As a result of this, the CWA Foundation began to seek other sources of funding. The CWA Foundation is working towards securing strategic partnerships with Canadian organizations that will provide funding in addition to the initial and existing funding provided by CWBi. In 2016, CWA Foundation has created partnerships with Seaspan and the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation.  CWA Foundation also seeks in-kind donations of materials, personal protective equipment and other necessary items to carry out programming. Visit our current supporters page to see a listing of our existing partnerships!