Trans Mountain supports employment, training and business opportunities for Indigenous People. As part of the engagement process, we have been working collaboratively with Indigenous People that might have an interest in the Project, or have Indigenous interests potentially affected by the Project. Our focus is to support access to economic opportunities that will arise from the Project.  Our primary objective is to maximize opportunities for Indigenous People and we will work in partnership with Indigenous communities and our construction contractors to achieve this.

In our discussions with Indigenous People, we seek to understand their interest in economic opportunities including employment and skills training, contracting capacity and existing business operations. We are sharing information on the types of business opportunities that may become available, how Indigenous businesses can qualify to pursue opportunities, and the qualification requirements. 

As we create partnerships and shared goals with communities, we believe economic development that is safe, environmentally responsible and sustainable can occur and bring shared, long-term prosperity.

Commercial Agreements

Mutual Benefit Agreements (MBAs) and other similar commercial agreements are confidential between the signatory parties, and define a voluntary and mutually beneficial long-term relationship between the Project and a particular Indigenous community. The benefits can include pipeline construction education and jobs training, skills enhancement, business opportunities or improved community services and infrastructure. These agreements are formed with Indigenous communities that are immediately on, or potentially impacted by, the Project and marine corridor from Alberta to Vancouver Island.

As of February 7, 2020 the Project has signed 58 agreements with Indigenous groups worth over $500 million.

Employment and Training

Construction of the Expansion Project will take place in a phased approach. During construction, the anticipated workforce will reach the equivalent of 15,000 jobs per year, followed by the equivalent of a further 37,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs per year of operations.  We recognize the Project will spark ample opportunities for Indigenous People to secure employment.

Our Employment Policy is aimed at enhancing employment opportunities for Indigenous People with the Project. We have established a funding program to contribute to education and training initiatives focusing on transferable construction and related skills that allow for employment in various work environments. We have also developed a Training Policy for Indigenous People focused on creating initiatives that increase the long-term capability for Indigenous People to participate in the economy and to share in the success of the Project. Through the Indigenous Engagement Program, we are discussing employment and training opportunities with interested Indigenous communities.

In addition to engagement with Indigenous communities, extensive consultation is ongoing with training providers, industry associations and communities to inform and gather labour market information, interests and the current capacity of the community. 

Procurement

Trans Mountain’s Indigenous Procurement Policy sets the stage for increased Indigenous participation in the economic benefits associated with Project. Our aim is to maximize economic opportunities for Indigenous communities while maintaining safety, quality, cost, and schedule. Our support to enhance procurement opportunities for Indigenous businesses includes:

  • Identifying procurement opportunities across the Project and through all phases of construction and operations
  • Working with Indigenous businesses to understand interests, capacity and capability
  • Provide feedback and direction on joint venture partner selection
  • Identifying linkages with building procurement capacity through education and training
  • Support the contracting and procurement cycle through pre-planning exercises, providing bidding support, and ensuring timely, honest feedback on outcomes.

In addition to existing opportunities for contracting and procurement related to the operation and maintenance of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline system, we have developed the following list that provides examples of Project-specific contracting and procurement opportunities:

  • Camp services
  • Certified weed wash-down facilities
  • Clearing of right-of-way 
  • Environmental services
  • Hydrovac
  • Landscape services in urban areas
  • Medics
  • Preparation of access roads
  • Preparation of sites for camps, contractor yards and pipeline stockpile
  • Provision of stockpile sites along right-of-way
  • Restoration and reclamation of right-of-way
  • Sand and gravel supply
  • Security
  • Supply of construction mats
  • Supply of temporary bridges Temporary fencing supply and installation
  • Survey services
  • Traffic management and control
  • Water supply and transportation 

We have developed a database that collects Contractor Supplier Information (CSI) of businesses offering services or products relevant to Project construction or operation.  Trans Mountain encourages all interested Indigenous businesses to register their interest in our database.

We strongly encourage all Indigenous People and businesses to consider the potential opportunities for contracting, joint ventures, employment and training for each phase of the Project, including pre-construction, construction and operation.

Please contact Trans Mountain for more information regarding Indigenous participation in the Project.