The start of construction for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project brings thousands of jobs — and lasting benefits — to Canadians. In particular, the Project creates new opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses and their employees.

The 1,150-kilometre pipeline project between Alberta and British Columbia will generate the equivalent of 15,000 full-time jobs during construction, enabling small- and medium-sized businesses to hire more workers according to Project studies carried out by the Conference Board of Canada. 

British Columbia gets 9,000 equivalent jobs in the construction phase including:

  • 4,300 to companies with less than 20 employees
  • 3,200 to companies with less than 100 employees
  • 1,150 to companies with less than 500 employees 

Alberta gets 4,000 equivalent jobs in the construction phase including:

  • 1,500 to companies with less than 20 employees
  • 1,340 to companies with less than 100 employees
  • 650 to companies with less than 500 employees 

Other provinces share 1,900 equivalent jobs in the construction phase including:

  • 600 to companies with less than 20 employees
  • 600 to companies with less than 100 employees
  • 450 to companies with less than 500 employees 

Once in operation the expanded Trans Mountain system creates enough additional economic activity in Canada to annually support the equivalent of 37,000 full-time workers, with the majority of those opportunities again flowing to small- and medium-sized businesses. Operations-related equivalent jobs created by an expanded Trans Mountain Pipeline system include:

  • 3,200 directly associated with expanded pipeline operations
  • Almost 30,000 arising from Canadian oil and gas sector investment due to better access to international markets
  • 1,350 in the marine sector created by expanded shipping operations at Westridge Marine Terminal
  • 3,200 created as higher dividends (profits) for shareholders of companies in the Western Canadian oil industry feed into the Canadian economy 

British Columbia gets 8,000 equivalent jobs in the operations phase including:

  • 3,300 to companies with less than 20 employees
  • 2,600 to companies with less than 100 employees
  • 1,300 to companies with less than 500 employees 

Alberta gets 21,000 equivalent jobs in the operations phase including:

  • 8,000 to companies with less than 20 employees
  • 7,600 to companies with less than 100 employees
  • 4,000 to companies with less than 500 employees 

The rest of Canada gets 8,000 equivalent jobs in the operations phase including:

  • 2,900 to companies with less than 20 employees
  • 2,700 to companies with less than 100 employees
  • 1,700 to companies with less than 500 employees 

Read more about the economic benefits of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project: 

Billions of dollars flow to Canada’s economy from TMEP 

Project-related employment and business opportunities

*Numbers are rounded. Actual project costs may change. Based on Conference Board of Canada studies in 2014 and 2015.