Are there any benefits for British Columbians?

Author: Northern Gateway
Dated: 19 December 2011

Q: The Gateway pipeline represents so much environmental risk to so many British Columbians, with benefits to so few. Why are you so convinced that the people of B.C. will support it?

The people of British Columbia are proud of their province, and rightly so. The Northern Gateway has the potential to make B.C. an even better place to live, thanks to a sizable impact on the provincial economy.

With an estimated cost of $5.5 billion, Northern Gateway represents the largest private investment of capital in British Columbia history. And we’ve also taken the philosophical stance that the people of B.C. should benefit from such an ambitious undertaking.

While the twin pipeline system and the Kitimat Marine Terminal are being built, Northern Gateway is expected to generate 4,100 person-years of employment on-site, and 31,300 more off-site. That includes more than 400 workers to build the marine terminal, and its related infrastructure, during the peak construction period. In total, Northern Gateway’s three-year construction phase will result in an estimated $2.5 billion in total labour income, including $165 million in tax revenue to the provincial government.

As for the long term? About 560 permanent jobs in B.C., creating $32 million a year in labour-related income. That includes 165 permanent jobs at Kitimat, taking into account the terminal, marine services, tug fleet, and environmental monitors, for a total of about $17 million a year in wages. The provincial government will also collect $1.2 billion in tax revenue for 30 years after construction.

Should this project receive regulatory approval, we want to make sure that Northern Gateway creates a lasting legacy of local investment, jobs, and tax revenue for British Columbians. More than half a century ago, Quebec and Ontario benefited from the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and this is B.C.’s chance to grasp the same sort of opportunity.

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  • Northern Gateway, Jul 16th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Hi Mike, thanks for your question.

    Have you had a chance to read the economic benefits for BC on this page:

  • Mike from Victoria, Jul 14th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Am I reading this right? Aboriginal communities will receive a 10% share in the 5.5 billion project for allowing the pipeline to cross their lands. That is great for them. I'm sure the money will help their communities. Maybe you could clarify what the average non aboriginal British Columbian will gain for allowing this pipeline on our lands.

  • Northern Gateway, Jul 03rd, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Hi Mark, thanks for your comment and questions.

    Enbridge Northern Gateway has made several proposals in our application regarding protection of the marine environment and marine mammals. Here's an outline of those proposals:

    Kitimat is the preferred site for the Northern Gateway Pipeline marine terminal. That route is the basis of our application, currently before the Joint Review Panel. Our studies indicated that the route to Prince Rupert would be more challenging from an engineering and environmental perspective.

    We've proposed several new measures to insure the safety of all vessels using the Kitimat area, here's an outline:

  • Mark Bourgeau, Jun 29th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    I have navigated the 80 miles of Douglas Channel into Kitimat numerous times and know it to be challenging and more often than not foggy. I have also come across Whales sleeping in the channel which they often do after feeding on herring and have had to change course to avoid hitting them which is again challenging in fog. If as you say this is a great long term opportunity for BC and Embridge is dedicated to environmental stewardship why would you not make the decision to avoid the challenges that Douglas Channel represents and push your pipeline an extra 100 miles over land to Prince Rupert which is already a world class port perched on the open ocean without any dangerous channels to navigate? Have you conducted any feasibility studies for this? It seems logical the extra cost for a 100 miles of extra pipe would be greatly offset but the annual cost of escort tugboats and the inevitable impact of a tanker grounding, not to mention sleeping Whale impacts.

  • Northern Gateway, Jun 28th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Hi Rob, thanks for you comment and questions.

    There is more information on the types and locations of expected jobs contained in Volume 6C of our application:

  • Northern Gateway, Jun 28th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Hi Aja, thanks for your comment.

    The economic benefits of Northern Gateway, for all of Canada, as well as BC, are significant. The Canadian economy can expect a $270 billion boost to GDP over 30 years. Benefits for BC and Canada are outlined on these two pages:



  • Aja, Jun 27th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    The BC fishing industry alone currently employs about 16,000 people and generates about $1.7 billion per year. Compared with that, the economic benefits of the Northern Gateway seem like a small amount given the risks.

  • rob, Jun 17th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    I see you advertize 560 l/t jobs, where are they? Looking at your website I see 15 jobs in N.E. BC.- 19 jobs in Central BC. It doesn't say where or what the l/t jobs are in Kitimat. I would really like to support this project, but so far I haven't seen anything from Enbridge to make me do that.

  • Northern Gateway, Jun 04th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Hi Dave, thanks for joining the conversation.

    We appologize for any confusion created in the wording you've pointed out. The highlighted $1.2B is not an annual benefit, it's the expected 30 year total tax revenue increase to BC governments related to Northern Gateway.

    At $5.5 billion, Northern Gateway would be the largest private sector investment in BC. The Benefits for British Columbians page outlines more benefits beyond 560 longterm jobs:

  • Dave Godfrey, Jun 03rd, 2012 (2 years ago)

    560 jobs (after construction) is not very many jobs compared to the risks involved. And 1.2 billion in tax revenues over 30 years is miniscule given the risks. Above, you say 1.2 billion FOR 30 years which would be 36 billion, but in your ad in nwspapers you say 1.2 billion OVER 30 years which is quite a different matter. Which is it?

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