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*For members traveling from the U.S. to Canada*

Tips for Cell Phone Use North of the Border

Are you one of many of convention attendees traveling from the U.S. into Canada? Beware. Roaming charges and data plan fees for cell phones – especially smart phones like the iPhone or the Android – can be costly, with prices spiking as high as several dollars per minute.

Before catching your flight to Canada, contact your cell phone carrier to get information about special pricing plans for calls, text messaging and Internet usage outside the United States. If you use a smart phone, ask your carrier about certain settings such as “airplane mode” that may help you save money on usage.

Below are links to some popular carriers’ international coverage plans:

Verizon Wireless
Boost Mobile
Virgin Mobile


Vancouver In-(Hotel)-Room Convention Coverage

Let the IBEW Media Department be your guide to all of the sights, sounds and business of the 38th International Convention. Hosts Tim Tialdo and Angie Weidinger bring you non-stop coverage on the TV right inside your hotel room. Tune in 24 hours a day beginning Saturday, September 17th. Check with the front desk for channel information. You can also see our complete convention coverage anytime at www.ibew.org, on our special convention web page, YouTube and Facebook.

The tentative line-up for several of the hotels is below. Please check with your hotel front desk when you arrive:

Marriott Pinnacle Downtown 381
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 48
Hyatt Regency Vancouver 56
Renaissance Vancouver Harborside 17
Fairmont Waterfront 51
Four Seasons Vancouver 64
Westin Bayshore 60


Vancouver, British Columbia, is hosting the 38th International Convention at a time of heightened interest in this prosperous and bustling city on the shores of the Pacific.

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Local 213: Electrifying Vancouver
The IBEW's relationship with what would become BC Hydro dates back to 1907, when a fledging Local 213 signed its first agreement with its predecessor BC Electric.

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High Wire to Hydro, Local 258 Covers Vast Territory
Local 258 has been a force in British Columbia's life since its chartering in 1967. The local represents members in the utility, outside line, manufacturing, utility arborist and traffic control industries throughout the nearly 365,000-square-mile province.

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Victoria Local a Key Link, Onshore and Off
The rich history of shipbuilding is written on the shores of Victoria, B.C., Local 230. The lush, coastal capital city of the province sits three hours south of Vancouver across the narrow Salish Sea. Home to nearly 400,000 residents in the greater area, Victoria represents the lion's share of the region's marine marketplace.

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British Columbia’s Labor History

Excerpted from the 38th Convention program, this article, which appears in the August issue of The Electrical Worker,  spotlights the unique history of British Columbia:

British Columbia has a well-earned reputation as home to one of Canada's most active and energized labour movements, with a union tradition as old as the province itself. And from the very beginning, the IBEW has played a key part of it.

Yesteryear's legacy and the modern-day work of the IBEW continues today: from electrifying this expansive Pacific Coast province—a 1,500-mile span from the border of Washington State northward to the Yukon Territory—to guaranteeing decent working conditions and building B.C.'s middle class.

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International Secretary Treasurer Issues Call to Convention

A formal invitation for IBEW local unions to hold elections and register delegates for the IBEW’s 38th Convention Sept. 19-23 in Vancouver, British Columbia, has been issued by International Secretary-Treasurer Sam Chilia.

It includes details on credentials, qualification and representation of delegates and information on how to submit resolutions and constitutional amendments, among other important information.

Click here to read...

These are challenging times for the IBEW and all of labor, yet we remain strong and poised for a bright future in the 21st century. Let’s capture that spirit as we approach this landmark convention, celebrating 120 years of Brotherhood.



Prepare Now for a Worry-Free Entrance into Canada for the 38th International Convention

Canada and the United States are neighbors and allies with close trading and travel ties.  We are, however, two separate and distinct nations and travel into Canada for U.S. citizens does involve crossing an international border.

The IBEW urges all its delegates, officers, staff and vendors who will be traveling to Vancouver for the convention to visit the Website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, an agency of the Canadian government at http://www.cic.gc.ca.  This site has detailed information on what is required of U.S. citizens who wish to enter Canada.  Please take the time to review all information thoroughly, as there are several pages that require attention.

Click here for information on obtaining or renewing a United States passport

Click here for a list of frequently asked question regarding entry to Canada, but please look at
more than this page.

“We want all of our members and associates who will be coming to the convention to have a positive and productive experience,” says IBEW I.S.T. Emeritus Lindell K. Lee.  “This will be easier if everyone takes the time well in advance to make sure that all documentation is in order and that there is no personal situation that would impede smooth entry into Canada.  Please visit the Canadian’s government’s site and find out the facts.”

Countdown to Vancouver

IBEW Preparing for 38th International Convention

Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada’s Pacific coast is considered by many to be among the most beautiful cities in the world.  This is the setting the IBEW chose as the site of its 38th International Convention to be held September 19-23, 2011.

Held every five years, the IBEW convention is a massive undertaking, bringing some 3,000 local union delegates, officers, staff and guests to the host city.  The convention is where the IBEW conducts the heart of its business, setting broad policy goals to guide the union over the next five years in an open, democratic forum.  The planning for such a complex and important gathering is already well underway and will become more intense with each passing month until the gavel falls on September 19, 2011.

We are initiating this page now to help our locals in their planning, and to give our members a sense of what the host city is like.  We will be adding new information on a regular basis, so please bookmark this page and visit it often.

As the eyes of world are fixed on Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, we take pride in knowing that our members in British Columbia and throughout Canada played a major role in lighting up the games, and knowing that we will be walking in the steps of the Olympians next year as we prepare to converge on the jewel of Canada’s Pacific coast.

Ed Hill, International President
Sam Chilia, International Secretary-Treasurer


IBEW Lights Up Winter Games          

The eyes of the world were on Vancouver, British Columbia, for 17 days in February as the 2010 Winter Olympics brought together the top athletes from around the globe to compete for the gold in skiing, freestyle skating and ice hockey.


Delegates and Alternates:
Don’t Leave Home Without These Items

If you are representing your local union as a delegate or an alternate delegate, please remember to bring the following items with you:

  1. Your portion of the credential that was sent to you by the International Office
  2. Your dues receipt showing your dues are paid through September 2011.
  3. Photo identification, such as a driver’s license
  4. YOUR PASSPORT - if you don't have one yet or need to renew yours,

Helpful Links...


leftHOTELS: For delegates and guests traveling to Vancouver in September, we have put together this interactive Google map of hotels near the Vancouver Convention Center, the site of the IBEW convention


We have also included an interactive map
with a few nearby points of interest


Here's a list of the previous IBEW Conventions
with their dates and host cities.



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