Trans Mountain supports employment, training and business opportunities for Indigenous communities. As part of the engagement process, we have been working collaboratively with Indigenous communities 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 Peoples and we will work in partnership with Indigenous communities and our construction contractors to achieve this.

In our discussions with Indigenous communities, we understand their interests 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.

Mutual Benefit Agreements

Mutual Benefit Agreements (MBAs) are confidential agreements that define a voluntary and mutually beneficial long-term relationship between the Project and an individual Indigenous group. 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 groups that are immediately on, or potentially impacted by, the Project from Alberta to Vancouver Island.

Employment and Training

Expansion construction will take place in a phased approach. During Project 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 Peoples to secure employment.

Our Employment Policy is aimed at enhancing employment opportunities for Indigenous Peoples 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 Peoples focused on creating initiatives that increase the long-term capability for Indigenous Peoples 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. 


Trans Mountain’s Indigenous Procurement Policy sets the stage for increased Indigenous participation in the economic benefits associated with Project. We are discussing opportunities with communities. Our support to enhance procurement opportunities for Indigenous businesses includes:

  • Assisting in identifying procurement opportunities
  • Assisting in identifying linkages with building procurement capacity through education and training
  • Assisting in setting up ISNetworld® subscriptions
  • Assisting in identifying different mechanisms used to procure goods
  • Building procurement bidding expertise

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

  • Survey services
  • Clearing of right-of-way
  • Restoration and reclamation of right-of-way
  • Landscape services in urban areas
  • Greenhouse operator(s)
  • Seed/tree supply
  • Preparation of access roads
  • Preparation of sites for camps
  • Water supply to camps
  • Waste removal from camps and construction sites
  • Traffic management and control
  • Gravel supply
  • Temporary fencing supply and installation
  • Security
  • Certified weed wash-down facilities   
  • Environmental monitors
  • Supply of construction mats
  • Supply of wood products (dunnage and rough lumber)
  • Power line construction
  • Supply of temporary bridges
  • Construction camp services
  • Provision of stockpile sites along right-of-way

We’ve developed a Project procurement database of businesses offering services or products relevant to Project construction or operation. Register your interest.

We strongly encourage all Indigenous communities 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.