Feds announce $275M for 'largest private sector investment in Canadian history' — Kitimat, B.C.'s LNG project
Cash earmarked for energy-efficient gas turbines needed for the $40B project and a new bridge in Kitimat
The federal government is pumping $275 million into LNG Canada's $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the announcement Monday in Kitimat, announcing the $220 million will be directed toward buying energy-efficient gas turbines for the project, with the additional $55 million spent on replacing the Haisla Bridge in Kitimat, which is expected to see an increase in traffic.
"The Government of Canada is proud to support this historic $40 billion project that will get our resources to new markets," said Morneau.
LNG Canada includes a liquefaction facility, a 670 kilometre pipeline from Dawson Creek and a marine terminal.
The project represents the "largest private sector investment in Canadian history," according to a federal government news release.
The government claims LNG Canada will create 7,500 direct construction jobs and at least 300 permanent jobs in the new facility once completed.
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The jobs number rises to 10,000 if pipeline construction and other upstream employment is included.
On Twitter, B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver was critical of the announcement, writing: "And so the @liberal_party 'climate emergency' leads to another $220 million subsidy to LNG Canada."
Last week, the House of Commons declared a national climate emergency in Canada.
The vote in favour of the non-binding motion took place hours before the government announced it was approving the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.