“Contained within their contract to TransCanada will be a local participation program that covers Aboriginal procurement, business opportunities, and also non-Aboriginal,” explains Bone of the agreement made with prime contactors. “…They’ll be working very closely with the communities within Fort St. John and others to outline where opportunities are coming.”
In fact, Bone says the Aboriginal community’s procurement of particular roles ensures they’re reaping benefits from the pipeline project based on their skill level.
“TransCanada is committed to working with the Aboriginal communities, and we’ve designated four types of services within the contacts in camps, clearing, medical and security are those designated for Aboriginal procurement,” say Bone.
TranCanada has four pipeline projects they hope will come to fruition in B.C. These include the North Montney Mainline project, the Merrick Mainline project, the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project, and the Costal GasLink Pipeline project – all subject to regulatory approval.
“The North Montney Mainline project will transport natural gas from the far north of British Columbia into the TransCanada system,” Bone goes on to explain. “The Merrick Mainline project… will transport gas from the near Dawson Creek point to north of Prince George [and] at that point it will intercept with the proposed Pacific Trail pipeline.”
Bone adds, “the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project… will transport gas from the Hudson’s Hope area to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility, located in the District of Port Edward – which is just south of Prince Rupert.”
Bone says communities affected by TransCanada’s pipeline project will reap benefits regardless of a resident’s involvement. Bone backed his claim by citing work-to-date, which includes being a sponsor of the 2015 Winter Games and the Clean Energy Expansion in UNBC, launching a training and education exercise supporting the existing programs at colleges and Aboriginal training facilities, as well as other “community initiatives across the north.”
“Over the next 25 – 30 years, our pipelines will generate over $40 million in property taxes each year; providing ongoing support to those communities to assist infrastructure, police and fire services.”
For those looking to have their local business considered as a secondary contractor, Bone asks that you follow this link to fill out a contractor/vender registration form.
“We’re encouraging people in the community and business to go and register – and the result of that – we will use that and share it with our primes so that they can identify local businesses and employment opportunities and work together on that,” Bone concludes.