Coastal GasLink (CGL) isn’t just a transmission pipeline connecting responsibly produced natural gas reserves in northeastern British Columbia to the LNG Canada facility on the west coast. For many Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities along the project’s route, it is also a major source of economic stimulus which includes millions in cumulative donations towards much-needed programs and sponsorships.
LNG Canada is no different. Located in the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation in Kitimat, B.C., Canada’s sole major liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility has been a huge economic boon for locals, and will continue to be for decades to come.
Canada Action’s Resources for Good series highlights how natural resource companies give back to the communities they operate within. In this new episode, we look at examples of how resource projects like Coastal GasLink and LNG Canada do good for rural families. Also see:
- Resources for Good: Part 1
- Resources for Good: Part 2
- Resources for Good: Part 3
- Resources for Good: Part 4
- Resources for Good: Part 5
- Canadian Resources for Good: From Coast-to-Coast
- Canadian Resource Companies Donate to STARS Ambulance
$8.5 million donated by Coastal GasLink since 2012
(Current) – Coastal GasLink and its parent company (TC Energy) have donated a combined $8.5 million towards community investments and sponsorships in Northern British Columbia since 2012. Supporting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, these funds are part of leaving a lasting legacy long after the pipeline is in the ground and safely transporting natural gas.
Local families benefit from the initiatives undertaken that focus on the community, environment, and safety, including educational and training opportunities that have helped many living along the pipeline’s right-of-way get a foothold in potential new career paths.
A few of Coastal GasLink’s most recent contributions to communities:
- $100,000 to United Way of Northern BC to support the increasing needs of those affected by COVID-19
- $50,000 to the District of Vanderhoof for a new fully-electric zamboni
- $50,000 to the Rotary Clubs of Terrace and Terrace Skeena Valley for a new splash park
- $25,000 to Spruce City Wildlife Associations’ hatchery and salmon support program
- $10,000 to Hope Air to support patients in B.C. with improved access to vital medical services
$4 million donated by LNG Canada btw 2013-2020
(July 2021) – LNG Canada’s Annual Community Level Infrastructure and Services Management Plan (CLISMP) Report released in July 2021 highlights $4 million in financial contributions to local municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit groups.
The funds go towards partnerships on sustainable programs that “...strengthen community resilience and complement or enhance CLISMP-related project mitigation efforts wherever possible.”
Recent examples of donations made by LNG Canada to regional communities:
- $550,000 commitment over 2019-2021 to the Kitimat Valley Housing Society to support the construction of the Kitimat Pilot Dementia Home and to increase community awareness for dementia
- $300,000 over 2013-2020 to Kitimat and Terrace community foundations
- $250,000 funding commitment over 2019-2024 to Tamitik Status of Women and Kitimat Community
- $250,000 in 2020 to support Northern Health regional COVID-19 preparation and response
- $500,000 in 2020 towards a replacement highway emergency response vehicle for Terrace Fire Department
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Let’s celebrate CGL's and LNG Canada’s contributions to Indigenous and non-Indigenous families and recognize the good that such natural resource projects bring to rural communities across our country.
Let's also celebrate the local jobs created by these projects and the sustainable energy they will allow us to export to countries abroad while reducing global emissions at the same time.
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