Federal Aid Package for Oil and Gas Sector a Beginning
Edmonton (April 17, 2020) – The $1.7 billion aid package announced today for the oil and gas sector is a welcome start, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) which has seen many of its member company operations in the oil sands sector scaled back, shut down or delayed, resulting in thousands of layoffs.
“It’s a good day when thousands of jobs in
Western Canada can be saved,” said Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive
Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “However, with a record number of
energy companies folding, it will take far more to stave off a full-scale collapse.”
Prime Minister Trudeau announced $1.7 billion in
funding to clean up orphaned oil wells in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British
Columbia. The aid is expected to maintain as many as 5,200 jobs in Alberta
“We’re still waiting for a federal aid package that
fairly reflects the value and importance of the oil and gas industry,” added de
Jong. “Given that this sector accounts for more than a tenth of GDP and employs
tens of thousands of workers, the government still has a long way to go in demonstrating
a real commitment to its survival.”
Last week, PCA sent Trudeau a letter, urging his
government to provide support to the oil and gas sector without further delay.
Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)
offices in BC, Alberta and Ontario, PCA is the voice of progressive unionized
employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member companies are
responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource construction projects
in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in infrastructure construction
across Canada. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled construction
workers in Canada, represented primarily by CLAC.