We have a long history of community connections and we are proud to have been working with local governments, Indigenous communities and individuals for more than 65 years.

This week, Trans Mountain attended the 2019 Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver to provide updates on the Expansion Project and have important conversations with local government leaders to answer any questions or concerns they may have.

This included joining a marine tour of Burrard inlet that was hosted by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. The session was designed to provide information about the oil-handling companies in the inlet as well as the spill response enhancement program underway that will see $150 million invested in new equipment and new response bases in the Salish Sea.

Trans Mountain values the positive working relationships we have built with local governments along the Project corridor, and our goal is to foster collaboration and continue a dialogue during construction and beyond.

We continue to engage communities to better understand how our construction activities may impact their day-to-day activities and how neighbours would prefer to receive construction updates and notifications.

Trans Mountain is a significant taxpayer to local governments. In 2019, we provided more than $26 million in property taxes to local governments in BC and Alberta. Following the expansion, that amount will more than double, creating a long-term legacy of tax revenues to support vital government services we all rely on. Local governments will also receive compensation as part of securing land rights for the Project, if the pipeline crosses any of their lands.

We are also a community supporter. To date, we’ve signed 19 Community Benefit Agreements with local governments along 95 per cent of the pipeline route to help compensate for the disruption caused during construction. As a result, about $8.6 million will be invested in education and training opportunities, infrastructure projects, and park and trail enhancements. We’re also supporting educational institutions and have signed funding agreements with Thompson Rivers University, Camosun College and Coquitlam Foundation.

The foundation of our relationships is collaboration. In August 2014, we initiated Technical Working Groups (TWGs) with local governments as part of our comprehensive engagement program. The TWGs provide an opportunity for Project technical teams to work directly with municipal staff, and to gather information and input needed to refine engineering, routing and construction plans. The sessions also serve as a forum to raise concerns and address issues.

Our intention is not to be a burden or a cost to any municipality. That said, when a local government believes it is in a situation of a loss, Trans Mountain has been meeting with officials to discuss outstanding concerns or costs. This applies to both the existing pipeline and the expansion. We remain committed to working with each local government on how to mitigate impacts as construction on the expanded pipeline progresses. Our Project will unlock significant economic benefits to our country. Local governments can take comfort knowing it will be done safely while balancing social and environmental interests and addressing community concerns.