The energy sector adds to a healthy economy for all Canadians
A strong oil and gas industry benefits individuals and families, businesses and communities across Canada. The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project will:
Contribute to our country’s gross domestic product
Provide employment opportunities for Canadians
Generate revenue to pay for roads, schools and hospitals
Energy products help build our cities and towns
When Canada sells its energy products, we profit through royalties and taxes. The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project will allow us to increase those revenues by exposing our oil resources to additional markets beyond the United States. Pipelines support a healthy energy industry and contribute to the money our governments use to build roads, schools, hospitals and transit systems. Those are important services that make our cities and towns places people want to live, work and play.
Those revenues also allow our governments to reinvest in renewable energy and develop cleaner technology. The oil and gas sector moves Canada closer to a clean energy future.
Trans Mountain is not just about building a pipeline. The expansion project will provide tangible benefits that help our communities prosper.
According to Natural Resources Canada, in 2016:
Canada was the world’s sixth largest producer of energy. We were also home to the world’s third largest proven reserves of crude oil.
Canada exported $85.7 billion worth of energy products to 144 countries.
Canada’s energy sector contributed $187 billion to the Canadian economy – $68 billion of that activity occurring in Alberta.
Foreign direct investment in Canada's energy sector reached $208 billion.
Investment in the oil and natural gas sector benefits all Canadians. Money created in the energy sector generates a significant amount of economic activity nation-wide, creating jobs and boosting productivity.
Unlocking Canada's ability to get oil to market will increase Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) by $73.5 billion over 20 years.
Trans Mountain Pipeline workers will spend an estimated $480 million in communities along the route during construction.
Trans Mountain expansion will create jobs for Canadians
Putting money in Canadians’ pocket grows our economy. When Canadians are able to secure good jobs, they invest that money back into our country’s economy through personal expenses that support their lifestyle. That economic gain adds to our prosperity and benefits our cities and local businesses.
Natural Resources Canada reports that “in 2016, Canada’s energy sector directly employed more than 270,000 people and indirectly supported over 660,000 jobs.” Within Alberta, over 140,000 people are directly employed in the energy sector.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project is important to the broader health of that industry and is already providing job opportunities for pipeline workers, suppliers, contractors and other businesses from across Canada. The expansion project provides job opportunities for Indigenous groups, communities, companies, industry associations and other parties along the pipeline route.
For information on jobs available during and after construction and at the operational stage, visit Trans Mountain’s Jobs website.
Pipeline construction is underway
Building a pipeline involves a process called spread, meaning that a group of pipeline staff work simultaneously at their respective locations along the pipeline corridor to progress and finish the project. The work is broken down into manageable activities that are necessary for each location. It is common for workers at different locations along the pipeline route to perform the same work at their respective locations.
Construction does not happen in a linear fashion. The process does not start and end at one location before it can move on to the next location.
Since January of 2018, crews have been preparing worksites to store construction materials and carry out the full extent of their work during the upcoming phases of the project. Pipeline workers will begin the construction stage starting in late July 2018. This new phase includes surveying, grading and laying pipe. The project is estimated to take a little over 2 years to complete.
To find out when construction is happening in your area, including specific activities and dates, visit the Trans Mountain website.
"The decision we made was in the national interest and we're going to move forward with that decision, which means we're going to get the Trans Mountain Pipeline built."
"Access to markets, including building trade infrastructure, is what we want to see government deliver. These infrastructure projects are trade enabling, and they will drive economic growth for decades to come. They will create jobs for Canadian families and generate tax revenues for governments confronting massive deficits."
"Members of the United Steelworkers are proud that the pipeline will be utilizing Canadian-made, USW-built pipe. But it’s not just for Steelworkers. The Trans Mountain Pipeline will also offer family supporting employment to thousands of working people. We stand with them."
"We've continued to rely on one customer, which is the United States. The movement of that product to the West Coast makes sense to me and that product should be allowed to go into the marketplace."
"The Canadian Chamber again calls on the federal government to stand behind its own regulatory processes and to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities. The federal government needs to act now by engaging directly with the province of British Columbia and ensuring that the fair and scientifically sound decisions on the Trans Mountain Pipeline are carried out."
"This decision will directly impact British Columbian families whose livelihoods depend upon well-paying jobs in the construction and energy sectors, and put at risk First Nations’ abilities to more fully participate in the economy."
"If this project doesn’t go through, it’ll hurt our people… (The Trans Mountain Pipeline) will provide a major leg out of poverty."
"I’m strongly behind Premier Notley on whatever she does to push this. I’m also calling on the federal government and their jurisdiction in this matter and to ensure that we don’t hold up the economy of all of Canada – and safe, clean Canadian energy – for political reasons in our province."