TORONTO — The recent announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approving the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain and Enbridge Line 3 pipeline projects was welcomed by the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.
"The opportunities that will come to workers as a result of these project approvals will help build Canada's future workforce," noted Patrick Dillon, business manager of the council, in a statement issued Dec. 2.
"Building the pipeline infrastructure to export Canadian oil to the booming Asia-Pacific market in particular will strengthen Canada's economic interests.
"Workers from Ontario will have opportunities to participate in this important economic driver, from pre-fabrication and manufacturing to construction and corollary services spanning the entire supply chain."
The approvals have sent a strong signal to the construction industry, which will begin to prepare for meeting the expected labour market needs that will arise from these projects, said the council.
"It is imperative that the most highly skilled tradespersons and bona fide contractors build these pipelines which will pass through the communities in which they live and work," said Dillon.
"Safety of the general public and workers is paramount, as is the need to ensure strong environmental protections that meet citizens' expectations, as these projects move forward."
The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario represents 150,000 trades workers in the province.