The NTL will create 12,000 jobs by 2021 Construction / Mining
Data is coming out on the potential economic impact related to the development of the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) British Columbia's Northwest region. This corner of the province is rich in mining products such as coal, copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, lead and zinc. The lack of electricity in the region is a major impediment in harvesting these materials and this new power line is expected to significantly support these mining operations.
The NTL is a 287-kilovolt line that runs 344 kilometres from the Skeena Substation (near Terrace) to a new substation that will be built near Bob Quinn Lake. NTL will be larger than most British Columbians could imagine, and will contain enough steel to build one-and-a-half Eiffel towers. The line now is under construction and is expected to be energized in spring 2014.
With the power line nearing completion, it is becoming the jobs needing to be filled, and the skills of those workers, are becoming a more important issue. Conservatively, it is expected that the Northwest will be home to 4,000 new construction and operational jobs and as many as 12,000 by 2021.
In recognition of these future labour needs in the region, the Northwest Labour Market Partnership Program was created in 2010 with support from the provincial government, BC Hydro and other partners. This partnership program is led by a group of representatives from industry, training institutions, First Nations and communities.
Over the next 10 months, this program will launch programs and projects that will provide skills training and encourage trained workers to move to northwest B.C. They will also promote Aboriginal training and employment and enhance partnerships to ensure that labour market development activities, strategies and programs are co-ordinated. For more information on the partnership, please visit: http://www.partnerships2020.ca/.