Energy East will require thousands of skilled workers – 14,000 according to the Conference Board of Canada – to develop, build and operate this 4,500-kilometre pipeline, and TransCanada is proud to do its part to help train some of this needed workforce.
Few Canadians know just how much training and hands-on experience pipeline workers need to get before they are qualified to work in the field. TransCanada helps develop this pool of talented professionals by providing sections of pipeline for training.
Hands-on pipeline experience
Pipeline excellence was celebrated on Tuesday at a media event organized in Morrisburg, Ontario, by Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), and the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario. Local 793, which represents thousands of highly-skilled crane and heavy equipment operators across Ontario, is working hard to make sure Ontario and Canada have the skilled operators we need to meet the demand for planned pipeline projects across our country.
“A project the size of Energy East will need somewhere in the neighbourhood of 3,000 operating engineers across six provinces when the project is in construction,” said John Soini, President of the Energy East Pipeline project, to a crowd of more than 100 onlookers attending the event, many of whom are apprentices and trainees looking forward to a career in the pipeline industry.
“We’ll need skilled carpenters, electricians, pipefitters and iron workers as well – to name just a few of the skilled men and women who will help us make Energy East a reality,” Soini added.
Committed to employ Canadian workers
TransCanada has a long history of working closely with the building trades unions across Canada –from the UA and LiUNA to the IUOE – and we are committed to using Canadian contractors and Canadian workers and skilled trades on the Energy East project. This includes Indigenous and local contracting opportunities.
Since announcing the project two years ago, the Energy East teams have met with thousands of Canadians – landowners, business owners, apprentices, mayors and labour organization officials – and we have often heard the same thing:
Canada needs to transport oil by the safest means possible and that means moving it by pipelines like Energy East.
The safest transport of oil
Energy East is a critical piece of infrastructure that will ensure we safely transport the oil that millions of Canadians rely on each and every day – not just to fuel their car but also to continue using countless products such as prescription glasses, aspirin, bike helmets or cosmetics that are made of petroleum derivatives.
So, we want to thank Local 793 and the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario for their investment and ongoing commitment to making sure Canada has the skilled workforce needed to make projects like Energy East succeed.