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Proposed Federal Tanker Moratorium


The Minister of Transport, the Hon. Marc Garneau, has been mandated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to formalize a crude oil tanker moratorium on British Columbia’s (BC) North Coast. Transport Canada has created a process to seek Canadians’ views on what should be considered in shaping the potential parameters of a crude oil tanker moratorium on BC’s North Coast.

What Does This Mean?

If implemented, the tanker moratorium will severely impede Canada’s ability to diversify markets for our products and have significant consequences for projects like Northern Gateway. This ban will effectively shut in Canada’s energy resources and cost us jobs, investment dollars and economic opportunities. To do this when the economy is already suffering doesn’t make sense.

What We Stand To Lose

If the Federal Government proceeds with a tanker and prevents Northern Gateway from being built Canada will lose:

  • 4,000 construction jobs for skilled tradespeople and workers during Northern Gateway’s three construction phases
  • $3.5 billion spent in Canadian communities during construction
  • 1,000 long-term operational jobs for Canadians
  • $98 billion to local, provincial and federal coffers over the 30 year life of the project
  • Significant access to new markets in the Pacific Rim to secure fair market value prices for Canada’s oil
  • Badly needed multi-billion dollar private investment for a major infrastructure project
  • $2 billion in long-term economic and educational benefits for First Nations and Métis communities

What Can You Do to Protect Our Jobs and Investment?

The last date for submissions is September 30, 2016.

Go to Transport Canada’s website and answer these two questions:


Transport Canada has asked for responses to these two questions on the tanker moratorium:

  1. What are the most important issues to be addressed by the Government’s commitment to formalize a crude oil tanker moratorium?
  2. What approach could best ensure that the environment is protected while economic impacts on communities are minimized?