On November 29, 2016, the Government of Canada granted approval for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, subject to 157 conditions from the National Energy Board (NEB). The conditions apply during various stages of the Project’s lifecycle, including before construction, during construction and during operation of the pipeline system, and are designed to reduce possible risks identified during the application process. These Project-specific conditions are in addition to existing regulations, codes and standards, and our commitments, and ensure the pipeline system is planned, built and operated safely.

Many of these conditions are in response to community and Intervenor feedback gathered through the regulatory review process and from the many residents who participated in our open houses, workshops and online opportunities. In addition to overarching conditions, there are a series of conditions addressing specific issues. Here we take a closer look at the 35 conditions directly related to people, communities and lands.

The conditions cover a variety of socio-economic effects, including:

  • Aboriginal engagement and consultation;
  • Aboriginal, local and regional employment and business; and
  • Archaeological and cultural heritage;
  • Land requirements and routing;
  • Agricultural and residential land use;
  • Construction impacts, including traffic control and noise and light emissions management;
  • Commitments tracking;
  • Worker accommodation;
  • Community benefits;
  • Training and education;

Trans Mountain is committed to ongoing engagement throughout the life of the Project and we began our community engagement in May 2012 immediately following the announcement of the proposed Expansion Project. Since that time, we’ve been having wide-ranging discussions with Aboriginal groups, landowners, communities and stakeholders to help us fulfill the conditions, including:


Condition 12 – Training and Education Monitoring Plan

Trans Mountain has been partnering with Thompson Rivers University and the BC Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Skills Training to provide training opportunities for Aboriginal people interested in working on the Project. Training to date includes Women in Trades Training and Construction Craft Worker.

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Condition 13 – Socio-Economic Effects Monitoring Plan

In 2015, Trans Mountain initiated a series of nine community-based meetings along the Project route to discuss and get feedback on its proposed approach to socio-economic monitoring effects during construction, including draft measurements or indicators. Read more about the proposed Socio-Economic Effects Monitoring Plan here.


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Condition 96 – Reports on engagement with Aboriginal groups – construction

Since 2012, Trans Mountain has been engaging with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal groups in Alberta and British Columbia to provide comprehensive information about and seek feedback on the proposed Project and to identify any anticipated impacts. Read more about our Aboriginal Engagement Program here.


Condition 99 – Landowner and tenant consultation report

Over 60 years of operations, we’ve established and maintained relationships with numerous and changing landowners along the existing pipeline route. We understand the potential impact operating and building a pipeline can have and, with that in mind, our goal is to treat all landowners fairly and equitably. Read more about landowner engagement here.

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Condition 145 – Community Benefit Program progress report

To date, we’ve signed agreements providing benefits to 20 communities along the pipeline route to provide funds to help with everything from education and training opportunities, to infrastructure improvements and investing in park and trail improvement projects. The funds help compensate for the disruption caused in these communities during the construction phase of the proposed Project. Read more about these agreements here.

People, Communities and Lands Conditions

Conditions to be completed prior to construction

Conditions to be completed prior to operation

  • Effects on Communities (including Aboriginal): 49, 94, 99, 131
  • Specific effects on Aboriginal interests: 96
  • Training, skills and employment: 58, 107

Conditions to be completed during operation

  • Effects on Communities (including Aboriginal): 94, 99, 141, 145
  • Specific effects on Aboriginal interests: 146

The Government of Canada will make its decision on the Project in December 2016.