The Construction Association of Rural Manitoba (CARM) is a 100-plus-year-old nonprofit organization that represents 180+ members—and growing—across the province far and wide. Many wonderful members and staff have helped shape this organization into the success it is today. What started out as an 18-company advocacy organization has evolved into a 180+ company association focused on providing education sessions and workshops, networking opportunities, planroom services, special member perks and discounts, and so much more—ultimately, an organization that continually thinks and plans each step of the way about how to better serve CARM members.

Blue-collar trades jobs, once viewed as less prestigious and financially sound than white-collar jobs, are now on the rise and many people are beginning to recognize the benefits of a career in construction and related trades. The advantages speak for themselves: increased pay, fewer hours in a classroom, and hands-on learning opportunities have contributed to the construction trades becoming an in-demand profession. CARM is proud to continue to promote skilled trades as a career choice and to help build a strong workforce for our members.

Paying member investment in CARM forward, CARM places emphasis and value on the importance of giving back to the community. That’s why CARM invests in community projects each year —the Optimist Park Renewal project for the Brandon Youth Soccer Association and the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex Pumphouse Project for the Westman Softball Association, the Rideau Park Centennial Pavilion, and the Flin Flon Blueberry Festival Outdoor Stage are recent examples.

Times change, and so do we. CARM has taken every opportunity to adapt and transform alongside the construction industry—to see every challenge presented not as a problem to be solved, but rather as another yet-to-be-realized opportunity to serve our members. Our main focuses are on industry-specific education, advocacy for the rural construction industry, marketing for our members, providing you access to special member-only benefits, opportunities to create business contacts and helping you stay connected with project opportunities.

If you haven’t yet considered membership in CARM, please take a moment to do so and have a look at our Membership Guide below. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. As the membership grows, so too will the services we are able to offer. Together, we grow stronger.

As always, we welcome suggestions on how CARM can continue to be your go-to construction industry resource. Share your thoughts with us so that we can continue to evolve and grow together over the next 100 years:

The Construction Association of Rural Manitoba offers three membership options:

Online Membership

For construction companies and construction suppliers who would like to view plans and specifications online through the PlanPoint platform and receive automated notifications on projects at any time of day.

Regular Membership

For construction companies and construction suppliers who wish to review and borrow hard copies of plans and specifications from the CARM office.

Associate Membership

Associate Membership is available to firms or individuals, whether located within the Province of Manitoba or not, who have an interest in the welfare of the industry and are non-construction related companies or organizations.  Some examples include financial institutions, banks, lawyers, accountants and hotels.

  Online Regular Associate
Unlimited 24 hour access to the PlanPoint platform    
Full access to all project information    
Customized searching    
Downloading of all project documents    
Subscription for automatic notifications    
Opportunity matching for new project notifications    
Free PlanPoint training    
Weekly email for Low Bids & Awards    
Access to CARM planroom to borrow plans and specifications  
Weekly email of open project listing
CCA & CCDC documents discount  
Other Benefits      
CARM education & training discount
Photocopy & scanning discount
Invitations to CARM Summit, Golf Tournament & Annual Banquet
Included in CARM Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide
Receive bi-annual Building Rural MB magazine
Listed on CARM website member directory
Access to CARM’s industry specific Group Benefits program through Ellement Consulting Group