Keep Canada working
The B.C. government is putting the Canadian economy and environment at risk. We need you to take action.
Message from Premier Notley
Canada, we face a serious situation.
The Government of British Columbia is trying to break the rules of Confederation and overturn a federal decision on shipping oil to Canada’s west coast.
There’s not a road, school or hospital in Alberta, B.C. or anywhere else in this country that doesn’t owe something to our energy sector – which employs thousands of Canadians from coast to coast.
But as Canadians we know that economic development must always be paired with environmental protections.
Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan was why the federal government approved the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
That approval was the foundation of the national climate plan: a grand bargain that sees necessary infrastructure like Trans Mountain paired with new protections that will see emissions go down nationwide.
Those are the stakes: our economy and our environment.
This isn’t about governments and politicians. This is about you. It’s about not just Albertans, but regular, hardworking people just like you, all across Canada.
This fight isn’t something any one government can do alone.
We need everyone, all of us, working together to make sure the federal government and the B.C. government fully understand why this pipeline matters, why good jobs matter and why the rules of our country matter.
So use these tools to make your voice heard.
This is not simply an Alberta issue. Or a British Columbia issue. It affects all Canadians.
Our voices are stronger when we work together. Lets #KeepCanadaWorking.
Sign the petition
Add your name to the list of Canadians calling on Premier Horgan and the B.C. government to stop standing in the way of working people and action on climate.
Email your MP or MLA
Use this tool to look up and email your federal member of Parliament (MP), and your provincial member of the legislative assembly (MLA) if you live in B.C.
Tell your story
Tell us why the Trans Mountain Pipeline matters to you and your family.
- Post a video on YouTube and share it with us at KeepCanadaWorking@gov.ab.ca
- Email your story to KeepCanadaWorking@gov.ab.ca
- Tweet it using the hashtag #KeepCanadaWorking
Share on social media
Encourage your friends and family to show their support by sharing our page.
Why a pipeline matters
Pipelines are the safest, most cost-effective way to move oil to market.
When there isn't enough pipeline capacity, oil from Alberta has to be shipped by more expensive, less efficient and less environmentally-friendly means, such as rail car and tanker truck.
This creates a price differential that costs Canadian governments and businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue.
The bottom line? Trans Mountain Pipeline is the safest way to ship oil. Without it, Canadians lose out on good jobs and vital funding for roads, schools and hospitals from coast to coast.
Know the facts
Growing our national economy
Over the next 20 years, Trans Mountain Pipeline is expected to generate $46.7 billion in government revenue to fund public services across the country:
- $5.7 billion in B.C.
- $19.4 billion in Alberta
- $21.6 billion across the rest of Canada
During pipeline construction, workers are estimated to spend $480 million in communities along the route.
Good-paying jobs for Canadians
Trans Mountain Pipeline benefits hardworking people:
- 37,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs per year of operations
- 15,000 construction jobs
- 1,300 annual full-time marine sector jobs
- Job training and procurement opportunities for Indigenous workers and businesses
Thousands of people and businesses have registered to be part of the pipeline expansion project:
- 3,731 people
- 3,415 businesses, including:
- 1,289 local businesses
- 554 Indigenous businesses
- 347 regional businesses
Each family-supporting job contributes to Canada's economic success.
Investing in our communities
Community Benefit Agreements have been signed with 19 communities, covering 95% of the pipeline route.
The agreements, worth $6.9 million in B.C. and $1.7 million in Alberta, will fund local initiatives like:
- education and training opportunities
- infrastructure projects
- park and trail improvements
Communities along the corridor will share an additional $52 million in annual property tax payments.
Supporting Indigenous communities
Mutual Benefit Agreements, worth $400 million, have been signed with 51 Indigenous communities along the pipeline route:
- 41 in British Columbia
- 10 in Alberta
The pipeline crosses 9 First Nations Reserves in B.C., all of which have signed agreements.
Protecting our coastlines
With longest coastline in the world at 243,000 kilometres, shipping is vital to Canada's interests. Oil tankers have moved safely along the west coast since the 1930s.
- 1.2 million metric tonnes of crude petroleum was shipped out of the Port of Vancouver in 2016.
- 180 large commercial vessels travel within 200 miles of our shores every day.
- 1 more tanker, on average, will be handled in Westridge Marine Terminal every day after the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
Tanker and marine safety is overseen by a variety of federal and international laws.
Transport Canada has measures in place to prevent oil spills, improve response and clean up if a spill happens and make sure polluters pay for cleanup and compensation for damages.
- All large crude oil tankers must have a double hull – two complete layers of watertight surfaces – to operate in Canadian waters.
- Shipping activities are monitored by National Aerial Surveillance Program aircraft using state-of-the-art remote sensing equipment that is capable of detecting as little as one litre of oil on the surface.
- Modern technology has made navigational information such as charts, bouy status, weather and ice conditions available to vessels in real-time.
Additionally, the federal government has committed $1.5 billion for an Oceans Protection Plan to improve spill responses and marine safety on the coast.
Protecting our environment
The government, industry and community groups are working together to protect our environment and coastlines.
- Trans Mountain has loaded marine vessels with petroleum since 1956 without a single spill from tanker operations.
- Trans Mountain is subject to 157 conditions issued by the National Energy Board and 37 conditions by the B.C. government.
- B.C. will receive up to $1 billion from Trans Mountain to provide community groups with grants to invest in protecting the environment. This is the first time in B.C. that a company will share revenue from a large industrial project directly with the province.
Taking action on climate change
Alberta is leading the fight against climate change and transitioning to a low-carbon economy with the strongest climate action plan in North America.
- Oil sands emissions are capped at 100 megatonnes, making Alberta the only energy jurisdiction in the world to voluntarily limit emissions.
- Methane emissions from oil and gas operations will be reduced by 45% by 2025
- Energy Innovation Fund will invest $1.7 billion over 7 years to develop new technologies to lower emissions and energy use.
- Renewable Electricity Program will see 30% of Alberta's electricity come from renewable sources like wind, hydro and solar by 2030. The rest will come from natural gas.
- Coal-fired electricity generation will be phased out by 2030. Alberta currently produces more coal pollution than all other Canadian provinces combined.
National Energy BoardFollow Trans Mountain's progress towards meeting all 157 project conditions.
Trans Mountain PipelinePipelines are the safest and most efficient method to move petroleum. Learn about the economic benefits and environmental protections.
Market Access Task ForcePremier Notley established a task force of prominent Canadians to respond to B.C.’s unconstitutional attack on the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Climate Leadership PlanAlberta’s plan to take action on climate change and protect the province’s health, environment and economy.
See what people are saying
"John Horgan is actually trying to scuttle our national plan on fighting climate change. By blocking the Kinder Morgan pipeline, he’s putting at risk the entire national climate change plan, because Alberta will not be able to stay on if the Kinder Morgan pipeline doesn’t go through."
– Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister
"The decision we made was in the national interest and we're going to move forward with that decision, which means we're going to get the Trans Mountain pipeline built."
– Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister
"The B.C. NDP are playing politics at the risk of thousands of Canadian jobs, future infrastructure projects as well as investor confidence in our energy industry. We will support the Government of Alberta in any actions against the political decision."
– Scott Moe, Premier-designate of Saskatchewan
"We've continued to rely on one customer, which is the United States. The movement of that product to the West Coast makes sense to me and that product should be allowed to go into the marketplace."
– Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
"I’m strongly behind Premier Notley on whatever she does to push this. I’m also calling on the federal government and their jurisdiction in this matter and ensure that we don’t hold up the economy of all of Canada – and safe, clean Canadian energy – for political reasons in our province."
– Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary
"Members of the United Steelworkers are proud that the pipeline will be utilizing Canadian-made, USW-built pipe. But it’s not just for Steelworkers. The Trans Mountain pipeline will also offer family-supporting employment to thousands of working people. We stand with them."
– Stephen Hunt, director, United Steelworkers – District 3
"This decision will directly impact British Columbian families whose livelihoods depend upon well-paying jobs in the construction and energy sectors, and put at risk First Nations’ abilities to more fully participate in the economy."
– Greg D’Avignon, president and CEO, Business Council of British Columbia
"Access to markets, including building trade infrastructure, is what we want to see government deliver. These infrastructure projects are trade enabling, and they will drive economic growth for decades to come. They will create jobs for Canadian families and generate tax revenues for governments confronting massive deficits."
– Surrey Board of Trade
"The Canadian Chamber again calls on the federal government to stand behind its own regulatory processes and to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities. The federal government needs to act now by engaging directly with the province of British Columbia and ensuring that the fair and scientifically sound decisions on the Trans Mountain Pipeline are carried out."
– Guillaum W. Dubreuil, public affairs and media relations, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- We used to be so close: ad in B.C. newspapers (Feb 21, 2018)
- New tools to keep Canada working (Feb 13, 2018)
- Further measures to defend Alberta: Premier statement (Feb 9, 2018)
- B.C. move to restrict bitumen: Premier statement (Jan 30, 2018)
- National Energy Board ruling: Premier statement (Dec 7, 2017)
- NEB issues order on constitutional question for Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Dec 7, 2017)
- Vancouver Board of Trade: Premier speech (Nov 30, 2017)
- Federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline: Premier statement (Nov 29, 2016)