TransCanada’s Commitment to Better Communities
TransCanada has donated funds to the College of New Caledonia in Prince George for its skills training programs.
The emerging LNG industry in B.C. holds the promise of being the largest new energy export industry in Canada – one that will positively affect B.C. communities for many years to come. The projects that go from the drawing board into service will be ones that are backed by strong business fundamentals and industry-leading partners. Even if two or three LNG projects emerge as practical, the economic effect will be significant.
For its part, TransCanada has more than $12 billion in natural gas pipeline projects on the drawing boards to support the LNG industry and connect resources in northeast B.C. and elsewhere in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to the West Coast. The North Montney Mainline Project, Merrick Mainline Pipeline Project, the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project (CGL) and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (PRGT) will help meet export demands and generate long-term economic opportunity for B.C. and its northern communities.
“One of our key infrastructure projects, the North Montney Mainline, received endorsement in mid-April from the National Energy Board, which recommended the federal government approve issuance of a certificate for the project,” said Patrick Keys, vice-president, Canadian Gas Pipelines, TransCanada. “As the project develops, we will be looking for qualified local and Aboriginal businesses to work with us. To support their involvement, we have committed funds to a range of education and training initiatives for Aboriginal communities. We want to help build transferable workplace skills in Aboriginal communities to meet the demand for local skilled labour by energy projects.”
Each project will inject millions into local economies, put thousands of people to work, generate ongoing property taxes and create a rush of spin-off spending on hotels, restaurants and many other support businesses. The big winners in every community will be families – those directly connected to construction, and those whose businesses will create new employment.
“Communities and businesses across B.C. stand to gain from our pipeline projects through local contracting, employment opportunities and third-party spending. We are sensitive to the demands that this increased economic activity can have on local infrastructure,” said Dean Patry, president, PRGT. “We have committed to comprehensive plans, to be reviewed by B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office, to ensure that our demands on local infrastructure including health care, water and wastewater services in your communities are as small as possible during the construction phase.”
“We are keenly interested in the local economy of northern B.C.,” said Rick Gateman, president, CGL. “It is our philosophy to work closely with communities – to be a good neighbour – to ensure our presence is a benefit to the communities in which we build and operate. The skills provided by local and Aboriginal contractors will be a highly valued commodity for us as we move these pipeline projects forward.”
Being a good neighbour also means investing in the communities in which we operate. To ensure there are enough skilled workers, we are working with community colleges and Aboriginal training organizations as part of our Pathway to Pipeline Readiness Program in Northern B.C. These training programs provide workers with skills that they can use to provide for their families far beyond the needs of the natural gas pipeline projects over the next few years.
We know you are also concerned about the environment and pipeline safety. Each year we spend some $22 million on research and development, such as developing cutting-edge leak detection.
We’ve also played a key role in reducing the environmental footprint across the industry through development of new pipeline construction techniques, investing in the preservation and enhancement of endangered species habitats and adopting and developing new technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations.
TransCanada and its various B.C. pipeline projects value the positive relationships we have developed with you and your communities, and as we continue to advance the parts we play in this new world-class energy industry, we will continue to seek your advice and support to improve the quality of life for those in your community and surrounding areas.