Enbridge's economic impact on the Northwest Territories



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 while also pursuing company sustainability goals and driving transformation toward a lower-carbon economy. And we’re proud to deliver economic benefits in the Canadian provinces and territories, and the American states, where we do business.

Read or download our fact sheet detailing Enbridge's economic impact on the Territories.

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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 2021:

  • Enbridge's capital expenditures in the Northwest Territories, on such items as pipe steel, equipment purchases and replacement, system integrity-related investments and capital leases, totaled $19.3 million.
  • Enbridge's operating and administrative expenditures in the Northwest Territories, such as maintenance costs, equipment leases, power consumption, and field personnel salaries and wages, totaled $16 million.
  • Across Canada, our capital expenditures totaled $2.47 billion, while our operating and administrative expenditures totaled $2.96 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 2021:

  • Enbridge’s workforce included 9 Northwest Territories-based permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year’s end.
  • Enbridge paid $797,000 in total wages to our Northwest Territories-based permanent and temporary employees—much of that injected directly into the territorial economy.
  • On a national scale, Enbridge had a cross-Canada workforce of 8,368 permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year’s end, and paid more than $784.8 million in total wages to our permanent and temporary employees in Canada.

Tax revenue

Enbridge’s presence in the community fuels quality of life through ongoing tax revenue. In 2021:

  • Enbridge paid $2.2 million in property tax across the Northwest Territories for our pipelines and related facilities, such as storage facilities and pump stations.
  • Enbridge paid $54,600 in other taxes (including carbon tax, payroll tax, fuel tax and excise tax) across the Northwest Territories.
  • On a national scale, Enbridge paid $318.4 million in property tax, $236.9 million in corporate income tax, and more than $1.5 billion in other taxes (including carbon tax, payroll tax, fuel tax, and excise tax) across Canada, for a total of $2 billion.

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.

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 2021, through our Fueling Futures program, Enbridge invested $174,600 in community-strengthening initiatives across the Northwest Territories—and supported numerous not-for-profit agencies in the state—aligned to our three focus areas of health and safety, environment, and community.
  • Across Canada, through our Fueling Futures program, Enbridge invested more than $12.4 million in communities near our pipelines, projects and facilities in 2021, supporting initiatives that focus on health and safety, environment, and community.
  • Enbridge’s various employee-driven United Way campaigns across North America raised more than $5.4 million in 2021. That total, which includes employee donations, special events and corporate matching, helps sustain community outreach, poverty reduction, and educational initiatives being coordinated by United Way chapters near Enbridge’s projects and operations.
  • In 2021, through our Safe Community First Responder Program, we donated nearly $1.6 million to dozens of Canadian emergency responder organizations located near Enbridge’s projects and operations; these donations are earmarked for safety equipment, professional training or safety education programming that keeps communities safe.

*—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.