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The Challenge

One of Canada’s most valuable resources is crude oil, but 99% of all our oil exports go to the United States, now one of our biggest competitors, at discounted prices. With the United States becoming less and less dependent on imported energy, finding additional markets for our oil is a vital and pressing issue for Canadians.

 

The Opportunity

Northern Gateway is one of the only projects that has National Energy Board (NEB) approval that will provide significant access to new markets in the Pacific Rim to secure fair market prices for Canadian resources.

 

Sustainable Aboriginal Benefits

Based on collaboration with First Nations and Métis peoples, the project will be a true partnership in a way and on a scale that is unprecedented. The project will provide over $2 billion in long-term economic and generational benefits for First Nations and Métis communities that comprise Northern Gateway’s Aboriginal Equity Partners, while providing AEP members with a meaningful role in the environmental stewardship and monitoring, a joint governance structure and shared ownership and control of the project.

Critical to Canada’s Economy

With the serious decline in the Canadian economy, there is growing momentum for increased international market access for our natural resources. Energy infrastructure is critical to Canada’s economy. Northern Gateway will generate $98 billion over 30 years or roughly $3 billion a year in tax revenue for Canada

Canadian Jobs and Investment

The recent dramatic drop in oil prices coupled with the lack of pipeline infrastructure is not only affecting future production, but also jeopardizing existing Canadian oil production. The significant decrease in oil prices has negatively impacted levels of investment and employment across the country. Northern Gateway will provide a badly needed multi-billion dollar private infrastructure investment in Canada’s future.

Northern Gateway will:

  • Create over 2,000-3,000 jobs during peak construction and 1,200 long-term jobs
  • Spend $2 billion in local communities with at least $1 billion going to First Nations and Métis-owned businesses
  • Contribute $98 billion in total tax revenue to local, provincial and federal governments over the 30-year economic life of the project that can be directed to education, environment, health, infrastructure and other uses