The jobs that TC Energy will create are temporary in nature, not adding long term value to the local economy.
Worker unavailability as well as a lack of technical skills and capacity will likely result in the required labor force and associated goods and services not being fully supplied locally.
A large influx of temporary workers (and potentially their families) to a region can lead to adverse social and environmental impacts on local communities, especially if the communities are rural, remote or small (such as the Municipality of Meaford). Such adverse impacts are usually amplified by local-level low capacity to manage and absorb the incoming labor force. Such impacts may include:
- Increased demand and competition for local social and health services
- Increased demand and competition for goods and services, which can lead to price hikes and crowding out of local consumers
- Increased volume of traffic and higher risk of accidents
- Increased demands on the ecosystem and natural resources
- Social conflicts within and between communities
- Increased risk of spread of communicable diseases
- Increased rates of illicit behavior and crime.
The project will create 1,000 jobs during development and construction. Once in operation, it is anticipated the facility will employ approximately 20 permanent positions.
The project is also expected to have a significant positive impact on local community economies during operation through the creation of skilled jobs, purchasing of local goods and services (e.g. equipment parts, fabrication, consulting, construction services, labour, materials such as gravel, etc.) and the associated indirect and induced financial benefits.