Last week, we held our final Business Readiness Workshop – the last in a series of 12 workshops along the pipeline route in Alberta and British Columbia. These workshops provided tools and information to help local businesses and community members prepare for potential procurement and employment opportunities on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

The series included a workshop in Burnaby in 2017, two workshops in Alberta and six in the BC Interior in 2018, as well as two workshops in the Lower Mainland last year.

We’re committed to providing Project-related employment and business opportunities for Indigenous, local and regional groups along the Project corridor. Contractors responsible for building the Project will hire workers and work with Trans Mountain to select subcontractors, suppliers and other required vendors. 

This final workshop looked a little different than previous events due to COVID-19 precautions. We found creative and safe ways to deliver the workshop virtually with the technological and promotional support of the three local chambers of commerce: Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. More than 100 local businesses and community members registered for the online event, including a number of local elected officials.

During the workshop, Trans Mountain shared our procurement process with the attendees to help them prepare to bid for opportunities. We also had a Q&A with our construction contractors for the Fraser Valley who shared information about the procurement selection process for suppliers as well as guidelines on how to prepare for and respond to a Request for Proposal. 

Opportunities in the region may include construction supplies and materials as well as subcontracts in pipeline-specific services and heavy equipment. We anticipate beginning construction in the Fraser Valley in January 2021.

Most of the procurement for the Project will be subcontracted by the contractors responsible for building the pipeline and facilities. Trans Mountain maintains a list of interested vendors through an online procurement registry that is shared with all our contractors. Registering with Trans Mountain connects interested businesses to all the contractors that will carry out the work on the Project.

You can register with Trans Mountain, learn about the procurement process and find contact information for construction contractors, as well as the types of work available during construction here

You can find more information on employment opportunities and register your interest in working on the Project here.