TransCanada is committed to investing in the communities where we work and operate. We believe that all of our projects should have a positive effect on communities, including the economic benefits of our projects, the purchase of local goods and services, contributions to local taxes and community investments.
A recent example of our commitment to local hiring is the jobs information session held for our Napanee Generating Station (NGS) project. Last month, the NGS project team hosted the session at the Strathcona Paper Centre in the Town of Greater Napanee, Ont.
Hundreds of local residents took the time to attend and learn more about the proposed power facility and the potential employment opportunities during its construction and operation. The proposed facility is expected to provide a number of economic benefits, including construction and operations jobs, the procurement of local goods and services, as well as approximately $1 million in annual contributions to the local tax base.
The total construction workforce is estimated between 600 to 750. This will include between 550 to 650 skilled trades workers – work for boilermakers, carpenters, cement masons, electricians, ironworkers, labourers, millwrights, operating engineers, pipefitters, sheet metal workers, insulators and painters – and 50 to 100 project and construction management personnel. The total expected work generated by the construction activities is estimated at between 1.7 to 2 million hours!
What People Are Saying
In addition to project staff, several members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario were present to answer questions about the various skilled trades that will be required during construction.
“The jobs information session was an excellent opportunity for members of the various trades to meet with many potential candidates. Attendees were able to gather the facts and details about the specific trades and openly ask questions. The event was of great value and there was ample information. More importantly it was a sign of how committed TransCanada is to involving the local community in their projects,” said Richard Hayter, the council’s director of community relations.
TransCanada recognizes the need and importance of being available and accessible to the community as early as possible during the development of the proposed Napanee Generating Station. In January, we welcomed our first local hire, Peter Webster, as the local community representative for the project. Peter’s primary responsibility is to ensure that local stakeholders have access to information about the NGS, and have the opportunity to provide input into the project plans.
“I am amazed at the number of people who have contacted us to talk about the jobs that will come with this plant,” Webster said. “So many people in the skilled trades sector from Napanee and the surrounding regions have relocated temporarily outside of the region for work. Not only will this project provide jobs to locals looking for work, it will help bring many talented skilled trades workers back home.”
Construction is not slated to start until late 2014 to early 2015, but that did not prevent local residents from sharing their excitement about the opportunities that will come with the project.
“We hosted the jobs information session to provide residents of Napanee and the surrounding regions with information on the various opportunities that will be available during construction and operation. We are engaging individuals early and often so they are aware of the timeline needed to meet qualification requirements,” said John Mikkelsen, project development manager for TransCanada’s Eastern Power division.
What Happens Next?
Once a general contractor is selected, TransCanada will host a job fair to provide more information surrounding the opportunities and career contacts. We plan on hosting the job fair in 2014. Construction on the project is expected to be completed by 2017.
For more information on the proposed Napanee Generating Station, visit www.NapaneeGS.com.