Work is getting ready to start on a 31km natural gas pipeline that will go from Alberta and into Idaho.
A portion of the line will go through the Elk Valley, approximately 18km to the east of Fernie.
Cole Thomson, community relations manager for TC Energy says a lot of workers are coming into the area, with a lot more expected over the next few years.
“For this year we are expecting around 520 workers to be coming into the area or being hired locally to support construction,” adds Thomson.
“In 2023 we expect another 630 to be employed working on the pipeline expansion work for natural gasses.”
The project is expected to take around three years with most workers starting between June and October.
Thompson says they are always looking for skilled workers to join the project.
“Pipeline construction is a very complicated business but one that definitely involves quite a few skills and abilities,” he adds.
“We are looking for folks who can move pipelines, can handle the pipelines safely, have equipment that not only assists us in moving the lines but also in excavation and land clearing.”
Thompson also says the local economy should get a boost from all the workers staying in hotels, eating at restaurants and partaking in local entertainment.