Enbridge's economic impact on Nova Scotia



As the world’s population grows, we’ll need all forms of energy—crude oil, natural gas, renewables—to meet rising global energy demand.

As a company with both pipelines and wind turbines, Enbridge is delivering energy security and driving transformation toward a lower-carbon economy. And we’re proud to deliver economic benefits in the Canadian provinces and the U.S. states where we do business.

Tax revenue

Enbridge’s presence in the community fuels quality of life through ongoing tax revenue. In 2017:

  • Enbridge paid $4.6 million in property tax across Nova Scotia for our pipelines and related facilities, such as terminals, storage facilities and compressor/pump stations;
  • Enbridge paid $69,700 in other taxes (including payroll tax, fuel tax, and excise tax) across Nova Scotia; and
  • On a national scale, Enbridge paid nearly $326.3 million in property tax, nearly $144.9 million in corporate income tax, and $162.9 million in other taxes (including payroll tax, fuel tax, and excise tax) across Canada, for a total of $634 million.

This revenue can be used for schools, infrastructure (roads and bridges), health and wellness, recreation, transportation and other services that help strengthen the fabric of the community.

Economic spinoffs*

Enbridge’s ongoing operations, and planned projects, continue to stimulate local and regional economies. Through procurement spending, we’re helping to create indirect employment, support local businesses, and establish economic spinoffs. In 2017:

  • Our operating and administrative expenditures in Nova Scotia, on such items as maintenance costs, equipment leases, power consumption, and field personnel salaries and wages, exceeded $15.7 million; and
  • Across Canada, Enbridge’s growth capital spending (on such items as pipe steel, equipment purchases and replacement, system integrity-related investments, and capital leases) exceeded $2.86 billion, while our operating and administrative expenditures exceeded $3.09 billion (including expenditures by our natural gas utilities).

Our workforce

Enbridge’s people live and work in communities like yours as colleagues, neighbors and friends. In 2017:

  • Enbridge’s workforce included 17 Nova Scotia-based permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year’s end;
  • Enbridge paid more than $1.5 million in base salary to our Nova Scotia-based permanent and temporary employees—much of that injected directly into the provincial economy; and
  • On a national scale, Enbridge had a cross-Canada workforce of 10,110 permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year's end, and paid more than $873 million in base salary to our permanent and temporary employees in Canada.

Community investment

Enbridge is committed to supporting and strengthening the communities near our pipelines and facilities, and being a good neighbor means the world to us. In 2017:

  • Enbridge invested more than $5,300 in community-strengthening initiatives across Nova Scotia—and supported numerous not-for-profit agencies in the province—aligned to our three focus areas of health and safety, environment, and community;
  • Across Canada, Enbridge invested more than $15 million in communities near our pipelines, projects and facilities, supporting initiatives that focus on health and safety, environment, and community;
  • Enbridge’s various employee-driven United Way campaigns from across Canada and the U.S. raised more than $9 million. That total, which includes employee donations, special events, and corporate matching, will help sustain community outreach, poverty reduction, and educational initiatives being coordinated by United Way chapters near Enbridge’s projects and operations;
  • Through the Our Community Partners program, Enbridge employees volunteered over 12,000 hours for causes they care about; in recognition of their efforts, we contributed nearly $170,000 in volunteer grants to organizations in Canada and the U.S.; and
  • Our Helping Hands in Action program awarded nearly $335,000 in grants, and $821,000 in matching gifts, and completed more than 350 employee-led projects focused on improving quality of life in communities.

 

*—All amounts are based on annual forecasting estimates which, while reasonably accurate, may not align precisely with procurement spending totals reported elsewhere by Enbridge and may not reflect actual amounts spent.