The Government’s decision
The expansion project has been approved
We approved the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project because it is in the Canadian public interest. Canadians understand that the environment and the economy go hand in hand.
Read the explanatory note that accompanies the Government of Canada’s decision.
Why is this good for Canada?
The TMX project will:
- create thousands of good jobs
- unlock new markets abroad
- enable increased production from western producers
- boost the price Canada receives for its oil
- generate approximately $12 billion in additional crude oil sales each year
This project also benefits:
- Indigenous communities and groups – Through our re-initiated consultations and eight accommodation measures that were developed with Indigenous groups, TMX is a better project. Find out more about the accommodations measures, the Indigenous engagement and Indigenous participation in the economic development of TMX.
- The clean economy – The TMX project will help turn the traditional resources Canada has today into the clean economy of the future. Find out more about the economic benefits, reducing pollution, and the clean economy.
How we made the decision
What information supported the decision?
In making its decision to approve the TMX, project, the government took into consideration a wide variety of information, including:
- NEB’s (now CER) Reconsideration Report
- The Crown Consultation and Accommodation Report (CCAR) (PDF, 5.2 MB)
- Letter from former Supreme Court Justice, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (PDF, 497 KB)
Key areas of action
Since the Oceans Protection Plan was launched, over 50 measures have been announced to support in marine safety, research and ecosystem protection.
The government is taking unprecedented action to help protect our coasts and preserve at-risk species.
Our emergency response system ensures Canada is ready and able to respond quickly to spills in Canadian waters.
The government is establishing a shared approach to better understand coastal ecosystems and the potential effects of regional activity on the environment.
View the 156 conditions required to be satisfied through the Trans Mountain interactive conditions tool.
View a summary of CER’s 16 recommendations to the government, related to marine shipping.
View the eight accommodation measures that are being put in place to address specific Indigenous concerns.
View the six amended conditions strengthened by the government.
Find out more about how decisions around pipelines are made.
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