Support for Energy East continues to grow!
The Association of Francophone Municipalities of Ontario (AFMO) today publicly endorsed the Energy East Pipeline project, joining more than 100 municipalities across the country that already see this project as an opportunity to create jobs and safely transport the oil we all need.
“The pipeline project as presented by TransCanada would have a significant impact all across Ontario, for instance generating important revenues, while creating direct and indirect jobs all through the six years of planning and construction and all through the 40 years of operation,” said the AFMO, which represents 34 municipal corporations including the City of Ottawa, Cornwall, Hearst and Kapuskasing.
According to the Conference Board of Canada, Energy East will:
- Support 4,200 full-time jobs in Ontario during construction.
- Sustain nearly 1,400 full-time jobs across the province when in operation.
- Generate $2.6 billion in new federal and provincial taxes in Ontario.
- Pay $50 million annually in property taxes to municipalities along the route in Ontario.
Energy East also means more activity for Ontario businesses. Did you know that about 1,100 companies in the province already work in the Canadian energy industry?
The AFMO, which is very active in local communities, also stressed that pipelines were a “much safer” way to transport oil than other modes currently used such as tankers and trains.
“Those facts are well supported by TransCanada’s commitment to pipeline safety for communities, residents and employees, through its safety, maintenance, and prevention programs.”
TransCanada invests nearly one billion dollars annually on inspection and maintenance programs to ensure our network of 70,000 kilometres of pipelines works as it should.
We thank the AFMO for its support and we’ll continue to work day after day to continue to earn this trust.
More and more municipalities across Canada support Energy East.
On Sept 29, the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal, located 80 kilometres south of Ottawa, unanimously adopted a municipal resolution supporting the development of the project. Check out who else supports Energy East here.