Training & Education
A long-term investment
Through discussions with local residents, community leaders, and Aboriginal groups we have learned that investment in skills development and longer-term education legacy programs are important to northern British Columbians. We’re committed to leaving a positive legacy long after Coastal GasLink is in the ground and natural gas begins to flow. Investing in education is an essential part of that legacy. That’s why we developed a plan with two components to invest in skills development and long-term education programs to support Aboriginal and local residents and trainees.
1. Pathway to Pipeline Readiness Program
TransCanada’s Pathway to Pipeline Readiness Program in northern B.C. is focused on helping to build a skilled workforce and aims to grow workers’ transferable skills. We’ve invested in regional partnerships with existing skills training and education organizations to provide funding for program development, equipment purchases, classroom ‘seats’ for participants, and targeted bursaries for initiatives.
- Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Education and Training Association (PGNAETA)
The investment has helped to build essential skills in Aboriginal communities and meet the demand for local, skilled labour in North-Central BC. Our investment has supported 48 students to upgrade their skills and prepare them for the workforce. Learn more.
- Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP)
This program focuses on essential skills and workforce preparation for Aboriginal students in the Northwest region. Our investment has supported 42 students to upgrade their skills and prepare them for the workforce. Learn more.
- Northwest Community College (NWCC)
Students have benefited from bursaries in trades programs and industrial safety courses. TransCanada’s partnership is also supporting new Class 5 driver training to Aboriginal and local communities. NWCC is based in Terrace, but there are campuses throughout northern B.C., including a mobile classroom supported by TransCanada’s donation. Learn more.
- College of New Caledonia (CNC)
TransCanada’s investment is helping to fund a number of skills training and workplace readiness initiatives being offered to students at various campuses. Students have benefited from bursaries in trades programs and industrial safety courses at 5 of the CNC’s campuses, as well as increased programming in rural campuses. Learn more.
- Northern Lights College
This investment is supporting the construction of new welding booths for the college’s proposed trades training centre. It also supports student bursaries to help increase access to trades workforce training skills development programs. Learn more.
- University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
TransCanada has partnered with UNBC to fund course costs for 25 students enrolled in an Occupational Health and Safety Officer program.
2. Education Legacy Program
TransCanada’s Education Legacy Program is designed to build long-term growth and sustainability of local communities:
- Through our partnership with the Breakfast Club of Canada, healthy breakfasts are being provided every day to students in elementary schools in Prince George (Ron Brent Elementary), Vanderhoof (Evelyn Dickson Elementary) and the Terrace area (Thornhill Primary). Learn more.
- With the Government of B.C. and other partners, TransCanada has invested in the University of Northern British Columbia Sustainable Communities Demonstration Project. Part of UNBC’s award-winning bioenergy facility, this project will reduce the university’s consumption of fossil fuels for heating and also serve as a teaching, research, and demonstration platform for rural and remote northern communities. Learn more.
We’re proud of our history and experience. TransCanada has been safely operating in B.C. for 50+ years.