Does British Columbia rely on the jobs created through the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline?
British Columbia does not rely on the jobs created through the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Permanent jobs created
- Kinder Morgan promises that the pipeline would create 50 permanent jobs in British Columbia, and 40 in Alberta.
Temporary jobs created
- Kinder Morgan has been unclear about how many temporary jobs would be created for construction, which would take place between 2017 and 2019.
- According to CRED, Kinder Morgan has not stated whether they would employ British Columbians, other Canadians, or temporary foreign workers.
- Unifor and the Alberta Federation of Labour estimate that the lost jobs, the lost economic wealth, and the crowding out of existing jobs in other sectors (e.g. commercial fishing) that would arise from building the proposed pipeline, outweigh its economic benefits (Allan, 2016, p. 31)
- According to CRED, the jobs of about 200,000 people in the Lower Mainland (in industries like real estate, tourism, hospitality, high tech, and film) rely on the health of the natural environment and Vancouver’s “greenest city” brand. An oil spill caused by pipeline or resulting tanker traffic, which is highly likely to happen, would put the jobs of about 200,000 people at risk.
- A 2012 study on the potential economic impact of a tanker spill on ocean-based industries in British Columbia, conducted by the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia found that a tanker spill could cause job losses of up to 43% among coastal industries.