At its peak, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) will create 5,800 direct construction jobs along the pipeline right-of-way and in related facilities.

Hiring of Aboriginal workers as well as local workers from construction hub communities is a priority for this $7.4-billion project. Non-local workers are also expected to participate.

Trans Mountain is engaging with local communities and businesses to ensure non-local workers have a place to live while they’re working — either temporary camps or dispersed in hub communities through a mix of commercial and rental accommodation.

Trans Mountain will balance the positive impact of economic benefits for local accommodation, retail and service providers with the need to satisfy local concerns about increasing demand on accommodation and housing.

In larger communities, worker accommodation would include hotels and motels; recreational vehicle parks; apartment-style rental units; bed and breakfast facilities; and lodging in private residences.

Temporary full-service camps are planned for five British Columbia locations — Valemount, Blue River, Clearwater, Merritt and Hope. All camps will be required to have an appropriately scaled Health and Medical Services Plan, as well as site-specific plans for wastewater and sewer management; potable water; solid waste; power; and camp security. Each camp will also have a site-specific Traffic Access and Emergency Management Plan.

Camp sites in the five BC communities are currently being confirmed in consultation with local governments and landowners.

Trans Mountain has developed a TMEP Worker Code of Conduct outlining expectations and requirements. All workers are ambassadors of the Project and are expected to act accordingly. The code outlines expectations with respect to compliance with the law; health, safety and environment; drug and alcohol use; possession of weapons; respectful behaviour; after-hours conduct and other matters.