As one of the world’s largest oil producers, the industry provides great benefits to Canada through taxes, jobs and investments in capital projects. Twinning the Trans Mountain Pipeline will inject $12.6 billion* into Canada’s economy through Project spending and help our country export these resources by moving oil to the West Coast for marine transport to markets around the world. The Project will also lead to new jobs in the short and long term, job-related training opportunities and increases in taxes collected through all three levels of government.

By increasing Canada’s capacity to get resources to market, producers will see $73.5 billion in increased revenues over 20 years. Federal and provincial governments will see $46.7 billion in additional taxes and royalties from construction and 20 years of operation, higher producer revenues and additional tanker traffic.

Economic Benefits

The $12.6 billion* pipeline Project will increase the value of Canadian oil by unlocking access to world markets. A Conference Board of Canada report has determined the combined government revenue impact for construction and the first 20 years of expanded operations is $46.7 billion, including federal and provincial taxes that can be used for public services such as health care and education.

  • British Columbia receives $5.7 billion
  • Alberta receives $19.4 billion
  • The rest of Canada shares $21.6 billion
  • Municipal tax payments (not adjusted for inflation) total $922 million to BC and $124 million to Alberta over the first 20 years of expanded pipeline operations.

Employment Benefits

Trans Mountain is committed to prioritizing and maximizing Indigenous, local and regional hiring to the greatest extent possible. To date, Trans Mountain and our contractors have hired approximately 8,470 people, of whom;

  • approximately 840 are Indigenous people,
  • approximately 4,055 are residents of Alberta; and
  • approximately 3,645 are residents of British Columbia.

As of October 31, 2020, there were approximately 7,300 people working on the Project.

Learn more about the jobs available during the construction phase of the Project and register to receive updates on job opportunities here.

Indigenous Benefits

Trans Mountain supports employment, training and business opportunities for Indigenous communities. As part of the engagement process, we work collaboratively with Indigenous communities that might have an interest in the Project, or have Indigenous interests potentially affected by the Project, to support access to economic development opportunities. Indigenous benefits could include job and training opportunities, and funds for a variety of community initiatives.

*Actual project costs may change.

**Based on Conference Board of Canada studies in 2014 and 2015; and Canadian Chamber of Commerce report in 2013

Supporting our Local Communities

Community Benefit Agreements

Through Trans Mountain’s Community Benefits Program, we’ve announced 21 agreements with local governments along more than 95 per cent of the pipeline route that will provide more than $10 million in funds to help with a variety of locally determined projects. These agreements are signed with communities impacted by construction of the Expansion Project. The funds help to compensate for public inconvenience and temporary disruption caused during construction. These projects include education and training opportunities, infrastructure improvements and park and trail improvement projects.

Infrastructure Investments

Trans Mountain has invested more than $3 million into local infrastructure improvements such as sewer and water upgrades in Clearwater. These infrastructure improvements are necessary to service the Trans Mountain Expansion Project’s worker accommodation camps. These initiatives ensure the camps minimize impacts on communities while they are in operation and provide lasting benefits for the regions.

Local investments like these are in addition to the $52 million in annual property tax payments to pipeline corridor communities, landowner compensation and economic development opportunities created by the construction and operation of the pipeline.

BC Clean Communities Fund

As part of our negotiated agreement with the BC government, Trans Mountain has committed up to $1 billion over 20 years to a newly created BC Clean Communities Program to be accessed by communities for local projects across the province.

Supporting Local Education

Trans Mountain is supporting local educational institutions with an investment of more than $1.2 million. We currently have signed agreements with Thompson Rivers University, Camosun College and the Coquitlam Foundation for annual awards and scholarships.

Contributions to our Marine Community

Trans Mountain is an active and contributing member of the Salish Sea marine community. Since planning of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project began, we’ve invested more than $6 million into initiatives like the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program and the Pacific Salmon Foundation – which includes a $3 million commitment for multi-year programs to protect wild salmon. This funding is above and beyond the commitments the federal government has made through the Oceans Protection Plan.

We have also facilitated more than $150 million in funding for Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) that will result in eight new response bases, 43 vessels, new equipment and more than 100 new response personnel positioned along the commercial shipping lanes. This is the largest-ever expansion of spill response personnel and equipment on the South Coast and will double WCMRC’s response capacity in the region.