The COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty, unease, grief and suffering. Now more than ever it is important to come together as a province and a country to support each other. Thanking those risking their lives to help us and giving to local food banks are powerful ways to show gratitude. Wearing a Purple Ribbon symbolizes that support and shows we are thankful.

The Boilermaker National Health and Safety Department is expanding on an excellent initiative started by Boilermakers Lodge 146 in Alberta. We are thrilled to announce that the Supporting COVID-19 Essential Workers/Giving to Food Banks: Purple Ribbon Campaign is moving to all locals across Canada. The efforts and leadership of Lodge 146 on this campaign demonstrates a strong commitment and respect for all Canadians. Thank you Lodge 146.


How you can help

How you can help Canadians (PDF)

Purple Ribbons are given in exchange for monetary donations to local food banks. 100% of all donations go directly to the participating and registered charity food bank closest to the donors' community. The beneficiary of your donation will be a local registered affiliate of Food Banks Canada.

Purple Ribbons are available at the list of locations below.


Get your Purple Ribbon: Support local food banks helping Canadians in need!

Wear your Purple Ribbon: Show your gratitude to essential workers!

We are in this together!

Media Inquiries

Contact Blair Allin at 519-868-1128 or

For General Inquiries


To host a Ribbon Donation box

  • British Columbia: Victoria (250) 383-4196 / Vancouver (778) 369-3590
  • Alberta: Edmonton (780) 451-5992 / Calgary (403) 253-6976
  • Saskatchewan: Regina (306) 949-4452
  • Manitoba: Winnipeg (204) 987-9200
  • Ontario: Burlington (905) 332-0128 / Sudbury (705) 560-0128 / Sarnia (519) 336-6051 / Thunder Bay (807) 623-8186
  • Quebec: Pointe-Aux-Trembles (514) 327-6135
  • New Brunswick: Saint John (506) 634-7386
  • Nova Scotia: Truro (902) 897-7306
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: Holyrood (709) 229-7355

Wearing a Purple Ribbon, hanging purple bows on your windows and doors and involving children to colour our Purple Ribbon colouring sheets is a great way to show support and remind ourselves we are united in this fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever we need to stand together and use our collective effort to flatten the curve.

The ribbons are individually sealed in plastic bags to ensure health protocols can be followed.

Where to get your Purple Ribbon

  • Boilermakers Lodge 191, 802 Esquimalt Road, Victoria (250) 383-4196
  • Seaspan Victoria Shipyards HR Reception and Reception on the 4th floor of the Barker Building.
  • Boilermakers Lodge 359, 5510 - 268th Street, Langley (778) 369-3590
  • Surrey Food Bank, 10732 - City Parkway, Surrey (604) 581-5443

Children's Purple Ribbons Colouring Contest

Are you a Member of a Boilermakers Lodge with a little artist at home? Download one of the free colouring pages below and send us a picture or scan of their finished masterpieces.

One colouring page per month from May until July will be randomly selected to win a special prize. Thanks for showing your support to Essential Workers.

How to Submit:

Take a picture or scan your artist's coloured Purple Ribbon masterpiece and send it to the email addresses below by the monthly deadlines:

  • May 31 for the May Draw;
  • June 30 for the June Draw; and,
  • July 31 for the July Draw.

Email your submissions to your home Lodge.

Lodge 73:
Lodge 128:
Lodge 146:
Lodge 191:

Lodge 203: TBA
Lodge 271: TBA
Lodge 359:
Lodge 555:


  • Colouring must be done by a child(ren) or grandchild(ren) of a Member in good standing of a Boilermakers Lodge listed above.
  • Artists must be 12 years of age or younger.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.


Colour and display on a window or front door and say thank you to our essential workers!

Purple Ribbon campaign lawn signs

Thank you to fastrack signs & printing for their donation of signs!!

To get your lawn sign please contact your local lodge.

Hard Hat Stickers and Vehicle Magnetic Decals coming soon!

Purple Ribbon cutouts

Cut out and display in your window, on your door or in your car window to show your support for our essential workers.

Customized by Lodge (PDF):

Lodge 73
Lodge 128
Lodge 146
Lodge 191
Lodge 203
Lodge 271
Lodge 359
Lodge 555


Thank you to all artists for your entries. Helping support the essential workers and food banks during these difficult times is greatly appreciated.

July Winners

Ruby-Jean Taylor, Age 5
Local 191 has selected Ruby-Jean as July's winner. She will receive a gift card for her entry. Congratulations Ruby-Jean!

Hunter Guthrie, Age 7
Congratulations Hunter on your winning submission to the Purple Ribbon colouring contest. Hunter is the winning from Local 128 for July.

Camille Noël, Age 10
Camille Noel has created exceptional artwork celebrating frontline workers and the Purple Ribbon campaign. She is the winner of the Local 73 colouring contest for July. Camille's mother is a physician in New Brunswick. Congratulations Camille.

June Winners

Casey White, Age 3
Local 191 would like to congratulate Casey for her fine artistry. She will be awarded a gift certificate for her entry.

Clara O'Brien, Age 3
Local 128 has selected Clara as the winner of a gift certificate. Congratulations Clara!


“I applaud the efforts of our sister Local 146 in introducing this campaign. I look forward to working on Local 128’s Purple Ribbon campaign. Supporting essential workers and assisting our community is something the Boilermakers are proud to be involved with.”
Rob Hache, Business Representative, Boilermakers Local 128

“Boilermakers Lodge 191 is proud to support the Purple Ribbon Campaign. Wearing purple ribbons in support of essential workers and raising donations through the great community of Victoria is an honor. The Mustard Seed Food Bank will be the recipient of 100% of the donations received.”
Kyle White, Dispatcher and Purple Ribbon Ambassador Boilermakers, Lodge 191

“I know these are difficult times and I truly want to thank all the hardworking Albertans who continue to work and provide services during these unprecedented times. These ribbons honour our essential workers while symbolizing their dedication and strength. It’s important to support each other and our communities. I encourage everyone to wear a purple ribbon and to donate to their local foodbank. Canadians and Albertans are resilient, and together we will get through this.”
Hon. Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

“Boilermakers Lodge 146 is first and foremost a community organization. Our purpose is to support our members and our neighbours. Essential workers are daily performing critical work to keep us safe and in these times of need with many Albertans laid off, we are happy we can and will do our part. Wearing a purple ribbon while also donating to the Edmonton Food Bank is one way for us to fulfill our mandate.”
Hugh MacDonald, Lodge 146 Business Manager

“We are fortunate to be positioned to support those in need. The Purple Ribbon Campaign is a way to involve our communities and visually show our Essential Workers we are thankful for their devotion. April 28 is the National Day of Mourning and timing this campaign to coincide with this day to honour fallen, injured or suffering workers is a perfect match.”
Mackenzie Walker, Lodge 146 Assistant Business Manager