Pipelines experienced a slow 2015 after
coming off a few major projects over
the previous 2–3 years. Yet the forecast
for pipelines and construction in
Canada is enormous. Just look at some
of the projects that are either proposed
or seeking approval from the National
Energy Board of Canada and various
other provincial bodies.
In British Columbia, four major pipeline
projects have been proposed :
The Enbridge Gateway Project,
which is the oil pipeline reaching
from Alberta through to Kitimat, B.C.
The expansion of the
Trans-Mountain Pipeline by Kinder-
Morgan. This would double the
capacity of this pipeline which runs
from Alberta to Vancouver, B.C.
Transcanada Pipelines has two
major gas projects scheduled
for British Columbia: they are the
Coastal Gas Link Project which
extends from Dawson Creek, B.C.
to Kitimat, B.C.; and
The second project, the Prince
Rupert Gas Transmission Line,
running from Fort St. John, B.C. to
Prince Rupert, B.C.
Alberta has numerous gas and oil pipelines
proposed, all originating from Fort
McMurray. Enbridge has an ambitious
Line 3 replacement project planned
from Hardisty, Alberta to Gretna,
Manitoba. This project consists of 1,097
kilometres of 36” pipe.
Ontario has various major gas projects
ongoing and planned for the future. We
are awaiting approval of the Energy East
Pipeline Project which calls for a Line
Reversal Project from Hardisty, Alberta
to Eastern Ontario with the new pipeline
planned to run from the Ontario-Quebec
border to Saint John, New Brunswick.
Our construction locals are participating
in many major jobs at the moment.
There are three major projects in
Newfoundland and Labrador:
- The Vale Inco Project
- The Hebron Project
- The Muskrat Falls Project
In Ontario, we continue to be involved in
nuclear refurbishing and in the Ontario
In Manitoba, we’re presently working on
Manitoba Hydro projects at Keewatinohk,
In Alberta, we’re involved in various capital
expenditure programs in the oil sands
as well as the construction of a new refinery
at Redwater, Alberta.
In British Columbia, members of our
union are completing the Rio Tinto
Modernization Project in Kitimat, B.C.
and are waiting for the announcement
of various LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)
projects in B.C.
The bulk of maintenance work is done in
Alberta. Most of this work is performed
in the Fort McMurray area on major Oil
All Local Unions throughout Canada
continue to be busy in ready-mix,
aggregate supply and providing building
products. Infrastructure spending
continues to grow in Canada, which
should drive most of the expansion in