Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday the Federal Government’s decision to approve two major Canadian pipelines – Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline (expansion project) and Enbridge’s Line 3. UA Canada applauds this outcome. After months of conversations and controversy, there’s no doubt making this decision was tough, but that it was made in the best interest of all Canadians.
Approving the two pipelines means we’ll be able to move one of Canada’s most important natural resources to millions of people, safely, in Canada and around the world. It means our country can up its oil production to nearly one million additional barrels of oil per day from Alberta to global markets.
The $6.8 billion Trans Mountain expansion project is estimated to produce as many as 800,000 person years of work to Canadian trades workers and more than $70 billion in revenue. Construction is expected to begin as early as fall 2017.
Enbridge’s Line 3, the business’ largest project, includes replacing old pipe with new, modern materials with modern construction techniques. In all, trades workers will help replace 1,660 kilometres of pipeline, from Alberta to Manitoba. The $4.8 billion investment will create 7,000 new jobs for Canadians during construction alone.
Each of these projects has been approved with a series of action plans aimed at protecting the environment and First Nations communities. As a UA Canada member you already know our union only produces the best work, under the highest safety standards. Let’s show our appreciation for this decision. Talk about the benefits with your fellow Brothers and Sisters, look forward to the opportunities we are hopeful the projects will bring us. Please call on your local MP to show your support.
The future of our industry looks bright.
Administrative Assistant to the General President
UA Canadian Office