In preparation for construction on the Expansion Project, Trans Mountain resumed its Business Readiness Workshops at the end of March with events held in Merritt and Kamloops. These workshops were hosted by the Merritt Chamber of Commerce and the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and attracted more than 160 attendees, including members of local Indigenous groups, community leaders, elected officials and many local businesses.

The workshops aim to help businesses understand and prepare for potential procurement opportunities, in order to maximize economic opportunities and benefits associated with the Project. Participants learned about the Project’s procurement process and timelines to help them prepare to bid for opportunities. Business owners had the opportunity to meet with contractors who shared information about the procurement selection process for suppliers and guidelines for potential vendors on how to prepare for, and respond to, a Request for Proposal.

Representatives from Trans Mountain and its contractors engaged with local businesses and answered questions primarily about procurement and employment opportunities. The main topics of interest at the workshops mirrored those discussed at previous workshops in Burnaby, Edmonton and Hinton, and in the North Thompson Valley:

  • What types of opportunities are available for local small/medium sized businesses?
  • Where do I register my interest in providing goods, services and supplies to the Project?
  • How do I apply for employment opportunities?

If you were unable to attend the events, you can find more information and register your interest for opportunities here.

Many attendees at the workshop were also interested in employment and training opportunities in the region. Trans Mountain is committed to maximizing Indigenous, local and regional employment and benefits from the Project. You can find more information on employment opportunities and register your interest in working on the Project here.