CALGARY, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's oil sands and pipelines to move
oil closer to consumer markets are job creators that enhance North
America's energy security and economy through substantial employment
and government revenue, according to the Canadian Association of
Petroleum Producers which represents 90 per cent of Canada's oil and
"Canada's oil sands provides and continues to create significant
long-term, well-paid, skilled jobs in Canada and the United States,"
said Dave Collyer, CAPP's president. "One of our industry's most
pressing issues is in fact a lack of skilled people to fill the jobs we
have today and foresee in the future."
"Project cost inflation and competitiveness are serious issues for the
oil sands industry," Collyer said. "Canada must compete for these large
scale refining and upgrading projects. Today more than 60 per cent of
upgrading occurs in Alberta, with more upgraders planned. Like other
domestic industries, increasing exports allows our industry to grow for
the benefit of all Canadians.
According to the Canadian Energy Research Institute, as oil sands
production grows, employment in Canada as a result of new oil sands
investments in production and processing is expected to grow from
75,000 jobs in 2010 to 905,000 jobs in 2035, with 126,000 jobs being
sourced in provinces other than Alberta. New oil sands development is
expected to contribute more than $2.1 trillion (2010 dollars) to the
Canadian economy over the next 25 years - about $84 billion per year.
The oil sands industry will pay an estimated $766 billion in provincial
and federal taxes and royalties in the same period, which contributes
to quality of life and services across Canada.
Responding to suggestions the proposed pipeline project to the U.S.
would damage job prospects for skilled Canadian workers, Bob Blakely,
Director of Canadian Affairs for the Canadian Building Trades said,
"The job creation potential associated with oil sands growth and the
proposed Keystone XL pipeline for Canada is enormous. We support
upgrading and refining in Canada in so far as it makes economic sense,
but not all crude oil recovered can be processed domestically."
Blakely says the pipeline means more jobs for Canadian construction
workers for the foreseeable future. "We build the facilities that
extract and upgrade bitumen as well as the transmission pipelines, and
we understand the need for both."
Today the oil sands are the largest employer of building trades in the
country. CAPP and the Canada's Building Trades are concerned about the
lack of skilled worker availability in the future. The two
organizations are presenting an energy and skilled trades conference
later this month in Ottawa to discuss labour issues and potential
training, fiscal and immigration solutions.
"Continuous improvement in oil sands environmental performance is our
goal. For example, Canadian oil sands producers are striving to further
reduce lifecycle GHG emissions per barrel with the objective of being
as good or better than competing supplies in the world market," Collyer
said. "Pipelines provide safe and reliable transportation of oil and
natural gas today with the U.S. government's own environmental impact
assessment determining the Keystone XL pipeline will not have an undue
environmental impact on air and water along the pipeline route, nor
lead to greater greenhouse gas emissions."
"Growth in exports of Canadian oil, no matter where it is processed,
will require new pipelines to U.S. markets. Canada produces more energy
than we can use. Improved access to export markets for Canadian energy
supplies is good for Canadians, and better access to responsible
Canadian oil is good for our largest trading partner, the United
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents
companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce
natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies
produce more than 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil.
CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support
the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's
members and associate members are an important part of a national
industry with revenues of about $100 billion-a-year. CAPP's mission is
to enhance the economic sustainability of the Canadian upstream
petroleum industry in a safe and environmentally and socially
responsible manner, through constructive engagement and communication
with governments, the public and stakeholders in the communities in
which we operate.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
For further information:
| Travis Davies, Manager of Media Relations |
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