In January 2016, the Government of Canada announced it will complete its review of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and make a decision in December 2016. Trans Mountain has been reviewing its Project schedule and now expects construction on the proposed pipeline will begin in September 2017 with the in-service date targeted for December 2019.

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The Project will generate substantial employment and vendor opportunities. To support peak construction, Trans Mountain estimates 14,000 jobs will be created in both direct and indirect roles. In order to meet these commitments, we have been working to identify capacity.

As of March 2016, close to 1,600 companies have signed up to our procurement registry, more than 230 of those are Aboriginal businesses. Trans Mountain is working to make sure we capture as much information as possible and connect with local and regional businesses for potential opportunities. 

The proposed expansion will require approximately seven spreads, or sections of work, along the proposed pipeline corridor, each involving about 450 workers. The following table lists the types of jobs and estimated numbers required to construct a typical pipeline spread.

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Twelve new pump stations will be built along the right-of-way, each involving about 60 workers. The table below lists the types of jobs and estimated number of people required to build each pump station.

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The Project is also anticipated to require approximately $4.5 billion in goods and services during construction, and workers are expected to spend about $480 million in communities along the pipeline route on things such as accommodation, meals and clothing.

Ultimately, all Canadians will benefit from the multi-billion dollar construction project. Governments will collect more taxes – some $50 billion over 20 years – which will go toward programs and services that benefit everyone. And, a new Conference Board of Canada report found the employment benefits of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project extend well beyond the construction and operations of the pipeline.

The Project is expected to generate 802,000 person-years of employment between 2012 and 2038. On a regional basis, Alberta obtains 55 per cent of the employment impacts and 41.5 per cent of the fiscal impacts. British Columbia accounts for 24 per cent of the employment impacts and 12 per cent of the tax benefits.

Trans Mountain is committed to maximizing the benefits to communities and Aboriginal groups affected throughout the construction and operation of the expansion. More information on employment and vendor opportunities is available here.