PRINCE GEORGE - The announcement of the single largest private-sector investment in Canada is being applauded all across the province and in this region, in particular.
For the Northern Development Initiative Trust, it sends a strong message to the investment community.
"At the top level, I think it sends a strong message globally, that you can move an energy project and get to 'yes' in Canada," says Joel McKay, CEO of the Northern Development Initiative Trust. "At the next level, it's yes, you can actually get amn energy project in BC. And then at the third level, you can do it in Northern BC."
The early stages of the projected $40 billion project involve the construction of a natural gas pipeline through Northern BC and the construction of liquefaction plant in Kitimat. But many of the trades are stretched thin already with the other major project underway in BC. Site C.
"There is a huge challenge in our province for getting qualified tradespeople for this project," says Scott Bone, CEO of the Northern Regional Construction Association. "At this point in time we don't quite know what the impacts going to have, but I think that the supports that they have provided through their trades training, we're looking at local and regional training."
He says they will be looking for people across the country to fulfil the demand, which will top 10,000 skilled tradespeople at the height of construction in Kitimat. But he says he's equally pleased that LNG Canada has set a target 25% of its workforce being apprentices.
The Northern Regional Construction Association will be working hard with the procurement contractor, JGC-Fluor, to ensure local contractors have access to the opportunities this project provides.
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