Canada is a unique nation. While 80 per cent of Canadians live in cities and towns within 350 km of the Canada/USA border, we are also spread far and wide across the second largest country on earth. And whether you live in a large city in Ontario or a hamlet in Nunavut, pipelines benefit us all.
It can be cold up here! And the distances are vast. Life in Canada’s northern climate calls for a reliable supply of energy, and cities and towns can count on pipelines to deliver it safely. Over 66 per cent of the energy Canadians use is supplied by oil and gas, and 97 per cent of that energy is transported by pipelines.
It takes energy to live in Canada, and CEPA members transport oil and gas products safely.
The pipeline industry provides over 34,000 jobs across Canada, from Fort St. John, northern B.C. to St. John’s, Newfoundland. The types of jobs that are supported by the pipeline industry range from waste management to real estate.
Growing employment is good for us all.
Pipeline companies invest in the communities they operate in – from funding environmental protection initiatives to making donations to local hockey rinks. Why? First, economically-strong communities make for healthy communities. Second, pipeline operators believe in sharing the economic prosperity with the people in the communities where pipelines operate. And third, giving back to our neighbours is the right thing to do.
Not only to do we invest in communities by supporting their initiatives, but we also help their businesses. In 2015, CEPA members spent $4.8 billion purchasing goods and services in local communities along our pipeline routes.
In 2015, CEPA members invested over $33.7 million in community initiatives across Canada, including almost $13 million to support education.
In 2015, pipeline companies contributed over $1.5 billion dollars to government tax revenues. Collectively, Canadian municipalities received more than $709 million of that to invest in everything from roads to recreational facilities.
Close to 60 per cent of taxes from pipeline operators go to municipalities