May 16, 2022

For the full notice, including more information on the criminal record check, please visit: LaxBDL_ILWU_Application notice May 2022


In January of 2022, the International Long shore and Warehouse Union Local 505 (ILWU 505) announced a phased distribution of ILWU 505 long shore applications. It was decided by the union that each union member would receive one application for distribution. As a union, they also agreed to issue 5 applications to the Lax Kw’alaams Band, for casual employment.

There is a total of 342 applications, including the 5 applications issued to the Lax Kw’alaams Band, that will be dispersed in phases. This will allow for training to happen in smaller groups. The order that the groups of applications are arranged are chosen through a random draw by the union. The 5 applications issued to the Lax Kw’alaams Band were subject to the same draw, and will be distributed to the Lax Kw’alaams Membership as they become available.

In January 2022, Lax Kw’alaams did not receive any ILWU applications. On February 28th, 2022, Lax Kw’alaams distributed 2 of the 5 total applications. On March 13th, Lax Kw’alaams was notified of 2 available applications for distribution to the membership. There is one more application set aside for Lax Kw’alaams but is not available for distribution yet.


Recruitment requirements

Applicants must meet ILWU Local 505 and BCMEA’s recruitment requirements, including:

  • criminal record check

  • drug and alcohol test

  • medical exam

  • hearing exam

  • two pieces of valid photo government ID – including a drivers license, BCID, citizenship, health card, passport, status card and/or firearms license.

Applicants must also be available for approximately 3 weeks of training (Monday-Friday) following the above pre-screening.

A lack of proper identification may prevent the successful applicant(s) from moving forward in their application process. Valid photo identification is required to complete the criminal record check, and to obtain a PRPA port pass (which allows longshore workers access to the job site).


How to submit your name for an ILWU application

Deadline Friday May 20, 2022

Lax Kw’alaams Band members who wish to put their name forward for consideration for an ILWU application may do so by submitting to the Lax Kw’alaams Business Development:

  • an updated resume (including current contact information)

  • copies of two (2) pieces of valid government photo ID – including a drivers license, BCID, citizenship, health card, passport, status card and/or a firearms license.

Ensure your resume has your current contact information, and your work experience and tickets are up to date.

To submit your resume and copies of your 2 pieces of government photo ID, email your documents to OR drop off your documents at the Lax Kw’alaams Business Development office in Prince Rupert – 100 1st Ave East. If you require assistance with photo copying for two pieces of ID, please speak to the front desk receptionist to assist with photocopying.

Resumes and ID will be accepted until Friday May 20, 2022. Lax Kw’alaams Band members who submitted their resume and copies of 2 pieces of photo ID will be put into a random draw with witnesses’ present. If you submitted a complete application in the previous intake (February/March 2022) you do not need to submit your resume and ID again.

If any documents are missing, incomplete, or expired, the name will not be put into the draw. If you do not have ID as outlined above, please work to get your ID for the next intake as there are still 3 applications to be distributed to the Lax Kw’alaams Band membership.

The draw will not be made public or recorded for social media.


About the application process

While we understand there is a lot of interest in these applications, we would like our members to understand the following:

  • The application is non-transferrable – the member’s name will be physically written on the application

    • You cannot give the application to someone else if your name is drawn

  • Pre-screening, prior to training, will take several weeks to complete

  • An application to ILWU 505 is not a guaranteed job

  • Workers can expect (at best) 1-2 shifts per week, and at times, no work at all

  • Success is greater for those with part-time employment

  • Workers are required to be living in Prince Rupert

  • Should an application lead to work, you may be required to start on the log ships

  • Work on the log ships is physically demanding

  • Members with First Aid, Safety, or Trade related backgrounds may have a higher chance of success

Training will be provided and COVID protocols will be in place. Training will be scheduled once the candidate has passed the criminal record check, drug and alcohol test, medical exam and hearing test. As a part of the intake process, candidates will be required to pass a 1 day longshore course. A textbook will be provided for pre-reading after applicants complete their criminal record check, and when applicants pick up their medical packages.

To be successful in this line of work, applicants must be responsive to BCMEA’s timelines, be available by phone and email, and follow up with the recruitment coordinator in a timely manner.

For Lax Kw’alaams Band members who have an inactive ILWU 505 number, ILWU will not allow members to reactivate their old numbers at this time. If you already have an inactive ILWU number, you cannot receive a new ILWU application or receive a new number.

The Lax Kw’alaams Business Development will not be making the recipients of the ILWU 505 applications public unless the recipient expresses consent to allow us to share their name with the rest of the membership.

For the full notice, please see the link to the PDF at the top of the page.