Benefits for British Columbians

Benefits for BC

The Northern Gateway Project is the largest private investment of capital in the history of British Columbia. We’ve worked hard to ensure that the project will create a lasting legacy of local investment, tax revenue, and jobs for the North, over and above the tremendous benefits created by access to new and growing markets for Canadian natural resources.

The three-year construction period will provide steady employment opportunities for community members living along the pipeline route and will also provide a steady market for suppliers of goods and services. As the Project progresses we will make sure that British Columbians and BC businesses have the opportunity to benefit directly from the many employment and procurement opportunities:

  • 4,100 person-years of direct on-site employment in BC
  • 35,000 person-years of total employment (on-site, purchases, indirect, induced) in BC
  • Northeast BC region:
    • 1,150 person years for construction employment; 675 from within the region
    • Peak pipeline construction will require up to 818 people
    • Peak pump station construction will require 56 people
    • 15 jobs for operational employment
  • $112 million in goods and services, Northeast BC:
    • Equipment rentals - $26 million
    • Camps / Accommodations / Catering - $30 million
    • Clearing / logging / salvaging - $16 million
    • Fuel - $12 million
    • Stockpiling Pipe -  $5 million
    • Trucking - $5 million
    • Equipment Parts - $5 million
    • Surveying - $2 million
    • Access Roads - $4 million
    • Other Items and Services $6 million
  • BC Central region:
    • 5,160 person years of total construction employment; 3,675 from within region
    • 1,805 person years of direct construction employment; 500 from within region
    • Peak pipeline construction will require 1,322 people
    • Operational employment will create 19 jobs
    • Purchase of goods and services will create 65 jobs
  • $401 million in goods and services, BC Central region:
    • Equipment rentals - $102 million
    • Construction Camps / Catering - $94 million
    • Clearing / logging / salvaging - $61 million
    • Fuel - $42 million
    • Stockpiling Pipe - $15 million
    • Equipment Parts - $20 million
    • Surveying - $7 million
    • Access Roads - $23 million
    • Trucking - $18 million
    • Other Items and Services - $18 million
  • Coastal BC region:
    • 4,025 person years of total construction employment; 2,235 within region
    • 1,715 person years of direct construction employment; 515 from within region
    • Peak terminal construction will require 419 people
    • Peak tunnel and pipeline construction will require 765 people
  • $318 million in goods and services, Coastal BC:
    • Site grading - $121 million
    • Equipment rentals - $34 million
    • Camps / Accommodations / Catering - $81 million
    • Clearing / logging / salvaging - $15 million
    • Fuel - $10 million
    • Stockpiling Pipe - $3 million
    • Equipment Parts - $6 million
    • Trucking - $6 million
    • Surveying - $2 million
    • Access Roads - $35 million
    • Other Items and Services - $5 million
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  • Northern Gateway, Oct 07th, 2013 (1 year ago)

    Hi Trish, happy to answer your questions and engage in conversation with you. Thanks for continuing the dialogue.

    As part of our application, we included a detailed vessel wake study to help people understand the science behind the operations of tankers through the coastal areas like the Douglas Channel. you can read the study in its entirety here (Appendix 3B):

    The wake study is a conservative assessment of the impact of vessel-generated waves (both tankers and escort tugs) on the areas you've identified in your comment. We say conservative because the study's calculations used 16 knot VLCC vessel speeds in its calculations, however, the maximum speed for VLCCs in the Douglas Channel will be 12 knots—and 10 knots during humpback whale season—which means the wake the slower-moving VLCCs would generate is smaller than our study's calculations.

    Typical wave heights in the Douglas Channel are in the range of 0.5 metres. The maximum recorded wave height is around 2 metres. The VLCC-generated wave heights will be in the range of 0.3 metres at the ship to around 10 to 15 centimetres at the shoreline, in other words, less than you'd typically expect to find occurring in the area due to wind, tides and currents, not to mention faster moving vessels like the BC Ferries and cruise ships that frequently travel the narrower Inside Passage.

    The Douglas Channel is a deep and wide shipping lane that has been safely used by a wide-variety of industrial vessels for decades—including condensate and methanol tankers. At its narrowest point, it is 1.4 kilometres wide, which is 3 times wider than Transport Canada's minimum for 2-way VLCC tanker traffic.

    There are many examples of tourism, fishing, oil and gas industries co-existing in the same areas, and in fact, providing lasting positive benefits for local communities.

  • Trish Boyum, Oct 03rd, 2013 (1 year ago)

    Thank you for replying to my comment.
    If you have a look at the narrow waterways along which the proposed SUPER tankers would travel, and given the speeds that the SUPER tankers apparently need to travel to negotiate turns, the wake from the passing ships will make it too dangerous for us to operate safely.
    Biologists have commented that the wake from the ships would also destroy important intertidal areas... intertidal areas that are critical feeding habitat for the Spirit Bears that live along this proposed SUPER tanker route..
    Aside from these obvious environmental impacts, the Spirit Bear is at the centre of the rapidly growing eco tourism in the area with people coming from around the world to see them. I'm not at all sure if you realize what this means in terms of both environmental AND economic impacts in the Great Bear Rainforest.
    I'm not at all sure that Enbridge fully understands that this part of the world is a tourism HOT SPOT, with eco tourists, photographers and film makers coming here from around the world, spending millions and millions of dollars here.
    I truly believe that Enbridge has NOT done their homework on this and need to get busy. I also truly believe, that if you know this area like we do... the precious rainforest, the wildlife, the marine life, and the people who live here... you would NEVER ask to bring SUPER tankers through the heart of Super Natural British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest.

  • Northern Gateway, Oct 03rd, 2013 (1 year ago)

    Hi Trish,

    We've been consulting with communities, businesses and people like you for many years in B.C. Have you had an opportunity to connect with anyone at our Kitimat office? Please feel free to send us an email to and we'll connect you to someone who can speak with you.

    There are regular Community Advisory Board meetings you could attend too if you wish.

    There are many examples of eco-tourism businesses operating alongside the marine oil transportation industry worldwide. Close to home, the businesses operating in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan and Gulf Islands, Strait of Georgia and Port of Vancouver are good examples.

    We recognize there are issues that will need to be discussed; which is why we've proposed to create a Fisheries Liason Committee, which could include representatives of other boat-based eco-tourism businesses like yours, to meet regularly.

    This concept has proven successful in Atlantic Canada. Here's more information on the FLC:

  • Trish Boyum, Oct 02nd, 2013 (1 year ago)

    My family own and operate a very successful boat based eco tourism company... that operates primarily along the proposed route of super tankers that would carry bitumen from Kitimat.
    We are wondering why Enbridge has so little regard for businesses like ours that will be at best adversely affected.. and at worst, destroyed.. even if the proposed super tankers never spilled a drop of dilbit?
    Why is it that Enbridge chooses not to sit down and discuss ALL the implications.. both environmental and economic.. that will face us, in the world tourism hotspot.. the Great Bear Rainforest?

  • Northern Gateway, Sep 25th, 2013 (1 year ago)

    Hi Glenn, thanks for your question.

    We wrote in our blogs on this issue here:

    Please give it a read and feel free to ask us anything.

  • Glenn Johnson, Sep 24th, 2013 (1 year ago)

    What is the potential to add value and jobs by refining the oil in Canada and sending a value-added product overseas instead of a raw material?

  • Northern Gateway, Sep 16th, 2013 (1 year ago)

    Hi Sam,

    The environmental assessment phase of the project is currently in deliberations. The Joint Review Panel is expected to deliver its project recommendation to the federal government before the end of this year (2013). The federal government will then make its decision on the project sometime in 2014, likely before the summer has ended.

  • Sam Brown, Sep 12th, 2013 (1 year ago)

    What is the status of the pipeline currently? Is it still waiting to be approved or has it been rejected?

  • Northern Gateway, Jul 29th, 2013 (1 year ago)

    Hi Neil, thanks for your comment and question.

    1150 long term jobs are expected to result from the Northern Gateway project. In addition, $1.2 billion will be collected by BC governments in tax revenues over the first 30 years. The federal and provincial governments collect taxes and royalties from oil and gas developments, with the federal government transfering some of those taxes back to the provinces through equalization and other programs: Northern Gateway will result in an over $80 billion revenue boost to the various governments in Canada over 30 years. Further, nearly $1 billion will be generated for aboriginal communities, with equity participant communtiies earning over $280 million on their investment over 30 years.

  • Neil McAleese, Jul 27th, 2013 (1 year ago)

    In the simplest terms, the pipeline is built and it does have some negatives in terms of looks (but so does electrical) so ignoring that, how many long term jobs does this produce? Reading above, it appears to be about 15 jobs, but I imagine there are a few more but not a lot. After building a bridge it is just used and unless it is a toll bridge it generates no more jobs or revenue. I would say there would need to be a tax on this oil that could perhaps be used to subsidize our automobile gas prices as they seem to grow every year, much faster than our wages do.

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