Trans Mountain Expansion Project

The Trans Mountain expansion is a $7.4 billion project to expand an existing pipeline which runs from Strathcona County (near Edmonton) to the Westridge Terminal in Burnaby. The project was first proposed in 2012 and underwent an approval process via the National Energy Board which approved the project subject to 157 conditions. The federal cabinet gave final approval of the project on November 29, 2016.

In regards to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) took its role as the representative of the Burnaby business community seriously, and thoroughly reviewed the project via an unprecedented effort of our Board of Directors.  With that review of the project in hand, the BBOT participated fully over several years in the pipeline approval process, voicing support for the economic importance of the project but highlighting several concerns with specific aspects of the proposal.

With the granting of approval by the necessary federal and provincial bodies in 2016 and 2017, the BBOT recognized the approval process was completed, and the project would move ahead. With the approval process complete, the BBOT continues to look to work to find ways of helping local businesses maximize the benefits of this significant project while ensuring our concerns and all NEB regulatory conditions are addressed.

Update: The National Energy Board has been tasked by the federal government with reconsidering its recommendations on the Trans Mountain expansion in light of the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling.  The NEB has until February 22, 2019 to complete this secondary review.

Update: On August 30, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal nullified the federal government’s approval of the pipeline expansion project due to concerns around the consideration of marine environmental risks, and around the depth of consultations with indigenous groups. Read more. 

Update: On May 30, 2018, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced that the Government of Canada had reached a commercial agreement with Kinder Morgan  to secure the completion of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and ensure that work continues through the 2018 season.  In addition, the Government of Canada has reached an agreement with Kinder Morgan to purchase the company’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project and related pipeline and terminal assets for $4.5 billion. The transaction is expected to close in August 2018.  Read more.

Burnaby Board of Trade – Trans Mountain Actions Timeline:

September 14, 2017
BBOT holds workshop on local procurement and business opportunities related to the project 

November 30, 2016
BBOT releases a statement accepting federal approval of the project

August 11, 2016
BBOT appears in-person before the Ministerial Panel reviewing the project

August 18, 2015
BBOT submits addendum to its Letter of Comment regarding draft conditions for the project 

March 03, 2015
BBOT submits formal Letter of Comment to the National Energy Board 

January 14, 2015
BBOT releases independent review of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project 

January 28, 2014
BBOT’s Board of Directors strikes Pipeline Task Force to review the project 

December 16, 2013
Kinder Morgan submits facilities application for the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline with the National Energy Board

Burnaby Board of Trade – Trans Mountain Materials 

Read the Burnaby Board of Trade’s independent review of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
The BBOT’s Pipeline Task Force spent months consulting with subject-matter experts and stakeholders, and reviewing articles and research before issuing this review of the project to its membership, the public and media.