SMITB works on a “non-profit” basis and currently consists of 8 agents (4 representatives of the SMART Local Union #280 and 4 subcontractors SMACNA BC). Administrators are responsible for playing a leadership role in understanding labour market needs and communicating information to over 1600 SMART Local Union members #280 and over 70 SMACNA BC contractors. SMITB is represented in various government bodies to communicate the needs of the sheet metal industry. It is funded by hourly contributions negotiated through the SMART Local Union #280 collective agreement. In 1896, the first native was chartered in Canada – Local 30 in Toronto. Four years later, Local 116 was chartered to Montreal and 280 local to Vancouver in 1902. The Sheet Metal Industry Training Board (SMITB) was created by SMART Local Union #280 & SMACNA-BC to manage the organized training system for the sheet metal industry for BC (with the exception of Vancouver Island). SMITB is the inter-employer sponsor of sheet metal apprentices and apprentice architects who participate in subsidized technical training at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre (SMWTCS). As members of the SMART Local Union #280, apprentices are expelled to work with SMACNA BC contractors, and SMITB introduces apprentice registrations and submits work-based training materials to the Industry Training Administration (ITA). The campaign against the Combination Acts, which, since the first passage in 1799, has made workers` collective actions illegal, has been an important struggle. Strikes were rare in the 18th century, as most of the industry was run by artisanal bases. Between 1717 and the end of the century, a British historian recorded only 433 strikes in all professions throughout Britain.
However, in the years that followed, industrialization and the development of large enterprises created conditions in which craftsmen turned to different forms of collective action. In the early nineteenth century, copper blacksmiths worked mainly on vats and boilers for breweries and distilleries, produced copper utensils and worked in navigation. Sheet metal workers produced pots, stoves, kettles, bathrooms, lamps, dairy appliances, and a number of other household and industrial items. In 1824, the laws were repealed and a wave of wage demands and strikes swept the country.