CCA applauds news that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is moving forward

Ottawa, June 18, 2019 – News of the federal government’s decision to green light the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project comes at a welcome time for the construction industry, according to the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). 

Regulatory delays have impeded progress on a pipeline that could deliver nearly triple the amount of crude from Alberta’s oil sands to British Columbia’s coast, increasing the value of Canadian oil and providing benefits to Canada through job creation and investments in capital projects.

“CCA has long advocated for sustainable development and an inclusive consultation process, recognizing the need to balance environmental and economic considerations in the decision-making process,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA president. “This news will bring much needed relief to the construction industry, helping to restore business confidence when investing in major infrastructure projects in Canada.

CCA hopes there are no further delays and that construction can begin early this summer. Any further interruption may impede investment, employment, innovation and technology development.

The construction industry is a significant contributor to the Canadian economy. CCA’s members are committed to working with the federal government and stakeholders to move forward without delay on this important Canadian infrastructure project that will generate significant economic opportunity and benefits for all Canadians.

Statement from BCCA

“The BC Construction Association welcomes today’s decision by the federal cabinet to proceed with the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project. For the apprentices and tradespeople in BC’s industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector, the project represents not just an opportunity to develop their skills and gain valuable experience, but the opportunity to secure meaningful employment that supports their families and their communities. And while an infrastructure project such as this plays a key role in B.C.’s workforce development, we agree that it must only take place in a way that respects Canada’s commitments to environmental responsibility and meaningful engagement with Indigenous people and organizations.“

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  • As Trans Mountain gets shovels ready for pipeline, First Nations vow to protect territory | National Observer | Link
  • Liberal government reapproves Trans Mountain pipeline expansion | Globe & Mail | Link
  • Trans Mountain approval eases oilpatch angst, for now | CBC | Link
  • Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets second green light from Ottawa | CBC | Link
  • Liberal government approves $9.3B Trans Mountain expansion project, but critics say it's too little too late | National Post | Link
  • Trudeau cabinet approves Trans Mountain expansion project; Federal officials say construction of the $7.4 billion pipeline is likely to begin in 2019 | CTV News | Link
  • VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again | Link

About CCA

Across Canada, CCA represents more than 20,000 member firms drawn from 63 local and provincial integrated partner associations. CCA gives voice to the public policy, legal and standards development goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, Canada’s non-residential construction industry.

About BCCA

As representatives of BC’s industrial, commercial, and institutional construction sector, the BCCA works to ensure that BC is home to a world-class construction sector that demonstrates exceptional productivity and resilience.

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