Thousands of Canada’s Building Trades Unions members work directly, or indirectly, in the oil and gas sector. These are well-paying jobs that allow Canadians to join and maintain a place in the middle class. In Atlantic Canada, Canada's offshore oil and gas industry is among the most important economic drivers, and an industry where hundreds of highly-skilled tradespeople are employed. Its success is critical to the region's economic recovery - but right now, the industry is in crisis. The combination of COVID-19, the related temporary drop in demand for oil and gas, and the resulting price collapse has deferred projects, delayed exploration programs and reduced government revenues. Thousands of women and men have been laid off from jobs that are at risk of never returning unless immediate federal action is taken.
Please send a letter to your Member of Parliament, Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson, and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna, letting them know that you support Canada's offshore oil and gas industry and asking them to tell Prime Minister Trudeau that the industry requires immediate federal support. It only takes minute and your voice will make all the difference.
- Directly employs more than 6,500 people (and thousands more indirectly).
- Supports more than 600 supply/service companies.
- The province’s offshore represents one of the lowest carbon per barrel footprints in the world, with an average of under 19 kg CO2 equivalent per barrel. Based on Hibernia alone, the largest producer, the footprint is 11.0 kg CO2 equivalent per barrel in 2017.
- GHG emissions from Canada's offshore industry are, on average, 30% less per barrel at extraction than the global industry average.
- The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador fully supports the need to protect the environment and reduce carbon emission and has committed to achieving net zero by 2050. Their approach mirrors the approach taken in the environmentally responsible country of Norway which continues to produce significant volumes of oil and gas.
- Cumulative expenditures by the producing sector in Atlantic Canada from 1997 to 2017 total more than $66.8 billion.
- Cumulative royalties paid to the Governments of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador from 1997 to 2017 total more than $23.3 billion.
- More than $506 million spent on research and development, and education and training