The Government’s decision
The expansion project was 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. That is what our decision was about.
Read the explanatory note that accompanies the Government of Canada’s decision.
Why is this good for Canada?
This project also benefits:
- Economic benefits – will benefit Canadian by creating thousands of good middle-class jobs; increasing access to global markets; and generating more revenues to various levels of Government
- Indigenous communities and groups – Through our re-initiated consultations and eight accommodation measures 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. Every dollar the federal government earns from the project will be invested in Canada’s clean energy transition. The Department of Finance estimates that incremental federal corporate income tax revenues could be up to $500 million per year once the project is in service. 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)
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.
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