Sukunka Lodge: Indigenous-run workforce accommodation supporting Coastal GasLink. Courtesy TC Energy

Coastal GasLink supports economic recovery in British Columbia

Video highlights opportunities in northern communities from well-paying jobs to self-determination.

All summer long, the Coastal GasLink pipeline project has been safely putting people back to work, providing well-paying jobs that support local families across northern B.C. The summer construction kicked off in July and work has been progressing steadily.

Sunkunka Lodge in northern B.C. is one of several Coastal GasLink workforce accommodation sites that will house the thousands of women and men working on the pipeline. Photo courtesy TC Energy.

About 1,700 people were employed on the construction project by the end of July, with additional hiring throughout the summer.
“We recognize that the pandemic has created challenges and uncertainties for communities small and large across the north,” said Kiel Giddens, Coastal GasLink’s Public Affairs Manager, in a recent interview. “That’s why we’re proud to be able to help people get safely back to work this summer, through the many fields and careers that our project touches.”

Coastal GasLink created a lively video that celebrates the project’s local connections, especially with Indigenous communities.

Coastal GasLink – Part of B.C.’s healthy economic recovery from Coastal GasLink on Vimeo.

At approximately 670 kilometres (416 miles) long, the Coastal GasLink pipeline project will safely deliver natural gas from the Dawson Creek area in northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada facility near Kitimat, on the West Coast – the facility is also currently under construction. From that facility, liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be exported to global markets. Coastal GasLink will be built to move 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas with the potential future delivery of up to 5 bcf/d. The project is owned by TC Energy.

Indigenous engagement and participation has been a cornerstone of the project from the beginning and Coastal GasLink continues to work closely with Indigenous communities along the route to delivery long-lasting benefits. To date, the project has awarded nearly $1-billion in contracting opportunities to Indigenous businesses and the project’s 20 First Nation partners are involved every step of the way, whether that’s through the delivery of workforce accommodations, construction monitoring or through skills training and employment. 

Coastal GasLink’s commitment to partnering with Indigenous and local communities continues to create a wide variety of opportunities that will help support families in the north to get back on their feet after the setbacks created by the pandemic.