VANCOUVER, May 19, 2016 /CNW/ - The Independent Contractors and
Businesses Association (ICBA) commends the National Energy Board (NEB)
for recommending the federal government approve the Trans Mountain
Expansion Project and concluding the Project is in the best interest of
"Today's decision is good news for workers, families and communities
across British Columbia," says ICBA President Philip Hochstein.
"Canada needs an expanded pipeline system that will generate thousands
of family-supporting jobs, provide access to new, high-paying markets,
and unlock billions of dollars in benefit to our country."
The expansion, as outlined in a report by the Conference Board of
Canada, is expected to generate 802,000 person years of employment over
more than 20 years and close to $50 billion in government revenues,
which pay for vital public services that we all rely on. It will also
generate more than $23 billion in additional local government taxes
annually in BC, which is more than double the current amount.
"Resource development is one of Canada's time-tested creators of
employment and wealth. For workers, this Project will be an important
platform for trade apprenticeship, employment and skill development,
and provides a valuable opportunity to build a long, well-paid career
in the construction industry," says Hochstein.
In Metro Vancouver alone, the $6.8 billion expansion will lead to $1.15
billion in construction spending for pipeline and terminal
infrastructure work. Overall, the Project is anticipated to require
about $4.5 billion in goods and services, and workers will spend about
$480 million in communities along the route during construction.
"Canada is a model for responsible resource development and we should be
proud of it. World-class safety standards for construction and
operation ensure British Columbians can take comfort in the safe
economic activity this project will deliver."
Earlier this year, ICBA launched the Growing the Economy campaign, which
included a petition in support of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
As of May 18, 2016, the petition has collected 6,445 signatures in
support of the project.
As part of Growing the Economy, a recent poll was conducted that
suggests that 84 per cent of British Columbians support responsible
resource development and that opponents, while vocal, represent only 16
per cent of Canadians. That's why the ICBA is encouraging the Federal
Government to say yes to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
The campaign website has become a hub for information that features
major project updates, videos, and shareable content and articles. ICBA
encourages the online community of more than 20,000 to sign petitions,
submit public comments, send letters to the government, and to
participate in the conversation on social media.
About ICBA (www.icba.ca) - The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C. (ICBA) is
the voice of B.C.'s construction industry and the oldest open shop
organization in Canada. Representing the interest of more than 1,200
companies in the British Columbia construction industry, the ICBA
employs 15,000 workers who build homes, offices, institutions and large
infrastructure projects. Independent Contractors and Businesses
Association of B.C. services and represents B.C.'s construction sector.
ICBA's 1,200 members build in every construction sectors and are
involved in virtually all major capital projects in British Columbia.
SOURCE Independent Contractors And Businesses Association of BC (ICBA)
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