The LNG Canada initiative is one of the largest investments in the energy industry in Canada’s history. A variety of joint venture participants including corporations and First Nations collaborated on the project to ensure that local communities would benefit. The LNG Canada export facility is located in Kitimat, BC.
The purpose of the plant is to export Canadian natural gas to Asian markets. During the development phase a variety of safety, economic, environmental, and community interests were kept top-of-mind to ensure that the project would have a positive impact, and a reasonable environmental footprint.
LNG Canada is working closely with contractors, local communities, First Nations, and various levels of government to determine how to achieve social, environmental, and economic goals for the project. A key aspect of this is providing career opportunities for First Nations members, including Gitga’at.
The prime contractor to LNG Canada is JGC Fluor, so many employment opportunities are available through them rather than LNG Canada directly. JGC Fluor has a commitment to hire thousands of skilled local workers during the five-year construction period. Some positions will be open to apprentices of any gender, to enable LNG Canada to meet its hiring diversity commitment.
An example of a number of positions available through JGC Fluor include: excavator/dozer operator, retail general helper (barista), OFA level 3, service technician, on site project coordinator, IBSL safety coordinator, and primary care paramedic. The types of roles available can vary, but there are always new positions available through JGC Fluor for the LNG Canada project.
Any women who are interested in entering the trades should check out the Your Place Program. This initiative helps women acquire skills that they can use to get an entry level job in the skilled trades in Northern BC including at companies such as JGC Fluor.
Updates about the LNG Canada project including job postings can be found on the Gitga’at website, so make sure to check back often. There are currently a variety of employment opportunities available for various positions. Make sure to mention that you self identify as a Gitga’at member in your cover letter or resume to ensure you get noticed.