The Northern Gateway project would build a pipeline between Alberta and the British Columbia coast. The pipeline will take bitumen (heavy oil from the oil sands) and upgraded product to a processing facility at Kitimat, B.C, where it would then be ready for shipment to Asia.
The pipeline would transport 525,000 barrels per day and be 1,172 kilometers in length. A dual line will be constructed to import approximately 193,000 barrels per day of condensate will flow west to east. This condensate is used in the industrial process.
Canada’s Building Trades Unions and the skilled men and women we represent are actively involved in building pipelines. If this project goes ahead, it represents a significant opportunity for skilled trades in Canada. The Canadian Building Trades represents four trades specifically involved in pipeline construction: Teamsters Canada, the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters (UA), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and the Laborers International (LIUNA).
For a better understanding of the employment impact of pipelines, please view the following video.
The purpose of this section is to inform, educate and provide a clear explanation of the project – from the perspective of the organizations that represent the people who go to work everyday on pipelines.
We have collected information from various sources to try and create a balanced and unbiased view of this important piece of Canadian infrastructure.
to read about the Building Trades position on the project
to read about the impact this project would have on Canada
to read an FAQ about pipelines and the project