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 2018:

  • Enbridge's operating and administrative expenditures in the Northwest Territories, such as maintenance costs, equipment leases, power consumption, and field personnel salaries and wages, exceeded $28.2 million;
  • Across Canada, our capital expenditures (on such items as pipe steel, equipment purchases and replacement, system integrity-related investments, and capital leases) exceeded $3.64 billion, while our operating and administrative expenditures exceeded $3.47 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 2018:

  • Enbridge’s workforce included 12 Northwest Territories-based permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year’s end;
  • Enbridge paid nearly $1.1 million in base 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 9,588 permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year's end, and paid nearly $858 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 2018:

  • Enbridge paid $418,000 in property tax across the Northwest Territories for our pipelines and related facilities, such as storage facilities and pump stations;
  • Enbridge paid nearly $2 million in corporate income tax, and $28,000 in other taxes (including payroll tax, fuel tax, and excise tax) across the Northwest Territories; and
  • On a national scale, Enbridge paid $344.3 million in property tax, $136.7 million in corporate income tax, and $112.7 million in other taxes (including carbon tax, payroll tax, fuel tax, and excise tax) across Canada, for a total of $593.7 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.

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 2018:

  • Enbridge invested $172,600 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 Canada, Enbridge invested more than $15.5 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 nearly $7.9 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 nearly 11,400 hours for causes they care about; in recognition of their efforts, we contributed about $208,000 in volunteer grants to organizations in Canada and the U.S.; and
  • Our Helping Hands in Action program awarded nearly $370,000 in grants, and more than $505,000 in matching gifts, and completed 367 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.