Building the 980 kilometres of new pipeline and associated facilities to complete the Project will offer a variety of jobs in BC and Alberta – before construction begins, during construction, post construction and in support of operations.

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is committed to providing pipeline and facilities construction employment opportunities for Aboriginal, local and regional community members and will do so by working with Aboriginal groups, communities, companies, industry associations and other stakeholders along the pipeline corridor.

Construction on the expansion will take place in a phased approach between 2017 and 2019. 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.

From planning and permitting, to clearing, digging trenches, testing the new pipe, or support roles in construction camps, building a new pipeline requires workers with a variety of skills. Contractors, tasked with building the pipeline and facilities, will hire these workers.  

Supporting Education and Training

Our ongoing education and training program involves extensive consultation with communities and Aboriginal groups along the pipeline route. By collaborating with qualified and interested community members, we work with training providers to offer training to address the skills we need to complete the Project.

Developing partnerships with training providers is an important part of our Employment and Training Strategy. Training programs in Alberta and BC continue to be identified and opportunities are being secured. Industry-recognized certificate training that enhances the employability of individuals who have earned these certificates is being delivered for a variety of jobs and roles including:

  • Construction readiness
  • Flagging
  • Security guard
  • Camp cook
  • Pipeline construction safety training (PCST)
  • First aid
  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)
  • Ground disturbance

We’ve developed partnerships with a many institutions including in BC, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, the Cariboo Aboriginal Training Employment Centre in Williams Lake, Seabird Island College in Chilliwack, and in Alberta, Women Building Futures in Edmonton and Opus Stewart Weir (OSW). These partnerships will help us train people and provide them with valuable industry experience.

Additionally, Trans Mountain has invested in the BCIT Marine Simulation Centre to support the training of future ship crews and captains. 

Education Legacy Program

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project Community Benefits Program provides lasting benefits to communities along the pipeline corridor. Education is one of the program’s priorities. The Education Legacy Program focuses on bursaries and scholarships to increase the capacity of students in the trades, technologies and environmental disciplines. Our focus is on training programs that increase the capacity of individuals to protect and enhance the environment. Currently, Trans Mountain has partnerships with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC and Camosun College (CC) in Victoria, BC.

Thompson Rivers University

In April, 2015, Trans Mountain and TRU established several awards for TRU students across multiple disciplines. Funding for all awards has been provided for the next 20 years, totalling $500,000, including:

  • Trans Mountain Environmental Science Awards
  • Trans Mountain Applied Research Awards
  • Trans Mountain Trades Bursaries
  • Trans Mountain Social Work and Human Service Bursaries.

Learn more about TRU’s programs.

Camosun College

In May 2016 Trans Mountain and CC agreed to support the Coastal Skills Initiative, designed to identify emerging coastal issues, trends and opportunities and link them directly to a range of skilled trades programs at CC with an enhanced coastal perspective. Funding has been provided for the next 20 years, totalling $400,000 for:

  • A dedicated space to house the Coastal Skills Initiative at Camosun’s Interurban campus
  • Support for  student bursaries and scholarships

Additionally, other community benefit agreements have an education component. These include agreements with with the Town of Edson, the City of Merritt and the Coquitlam Foundation. Learn more about the Trans Mountain Community Benefits Program.