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 and driving transformation toward a lower-carbon economy.

And we’re proud to deliver economic benefits in the Canadian provinces and territories, and the U.S. states, where we do business.

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 2016:

  • Our capital expenditures in the Northwest Territories, on such items as pipe steel, equipment purchases and replacement, system integrity-related investments, and capital leases, totaled $7 million;
  • Our operating and administrative expenditures in the Northwest Territories, such as maintenance costs, equipment leases, power consumption, and field personnel salaries and wages, totaled $23 million;
  • We spent approximately $79 million across Canada in procuring goods and services from Indigenous businesses, as part of our focus on Indigenous economic participation (this Indigenous procurement figure includes contractor expenditures in projects and operations); and
  • Across Canada, Enbridge’s capital expenditures totaled $3.13 billion, while operating and administrative expenditures totaled $2.03 billion.

Our workforce

Enbridge’s people live and work in communities like yours as colleagues, neighbors and friends. In 2016:

  • Enbridge’s workforce included 18 Northwest Territories-based permanent and temporary employees at year’s end;
  • Enbridge paid $1.68 million in salary to our Northwest Territories-based permanent and temporary employees—much of that injected directly into the territorial economy; and
  • On a national scale, Enbridge had a cross-Canada workforce of 6,742 permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year's end, and paid more than $572 million in base salary 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 2016:

  • Enbridge paid $2.02 million in property tax across the Northwest Territories for our pipelines and related facilities, such as storage facilities and pump stations;
  • Enbridge paid $108,584 in other taxes (including payroll tax, fuel tax and excise tax) to the Northwest Territories; and
  • On a national scale, Enbridge paid $167.71 million in property tax, $173.02 million in corporate income tax, and $60.69 million in other taxes (including payroll tax, fuel tax, and excise tax) across Canada, for a total of $401.43 million.

This revenue is 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 2016:

  • Enbridge invested $103,600 in community-strengthening initiatives across the Northwest Territories—and supported numerous NWT not-for-profit agencies —aligned to our three focus areas of health and safety, environment, and community;
  • Across North America, Enbridge invested more than $13.4 million in communities near our pipelines, projects and facilities, supporting initiatives that focus on health and safety, environment, and community; and
  • Enbridge’s various employee-driven United Way campaigns from across Canada and the U.S. raised $5.93 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.


*—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.