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Local communities

In your community

The Keystone XL Pipeline will contribute to energy security, create tens of thousands of high-quality employment and local contracting opportunities as well as provide a substantial economic benefit to local communities across Canada and the United States. It will stretch all the way from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska.

Proceed to one of our project regions below to learn more about how the Keystone XL project benefits you and your community. If you have any questions on the project or our operations, please contact us.

Time to build

Keystone XL

Communities throughout Canada and the U.S., including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, have shown their support for Keystone XL Pipeline. These communities and businesses along the pipeline route are poised to benefit from construction and long-term operation of the pipeline.

Supporting our communities

TC Energy has spent decades building relationships at the community level, with a strong track record of robust environmental management and social engagement. We have dedicated significant resources and efforts toward providing communities with support through educational workshops, training programs, and investments in local and regional nonprofit organizations and charities.

Learn how we invest in communities.


employee volunteer hours logged in 2019

$26 million

contributed to more than 1,550 initiatives in 740 communities in 2019

$3.19 million

in employee and matched company donations in 2019

$2.3 million

worth of scholarships awarded to 950 students in 300+ communities in 2019

Community outreach

Working with Indigenous communities

TC Energy is more than an energy infrastructure business. We strive to build cooperative, mutually beneficial and lasting relationships with Indigenous groups (First Nations, Métis, and Tribal Nations).

It is critical for us to establish trust and respect through considerate engagement with these Indigenous groups on whose traditional lands we work. Acknowledgement and respect of Indigenous rights and culture frame TC Energy’s approach. We begin by acknowledging Indigenous peoples as rightsholders, as they have a distinct relationship to the land and collective rights.

TC Energy operates in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and complies with the laws of each of these three countries, including their guidance on engagement with Indigenous groups.

We understand that TC Energy’s business activities have the potential to affect Indigenous groups in tangible ways. We seek to engage early with potentially affected indigenous groups to understand their interests, respond to concerns, assist needs through our community legacy and education and training programs, and facilitate project participation through the Indigenous business engagement program. Through open communication and by working together with Indigenous groups, we aim to form positive long-term relationships.

TC Energy works to continuously improve our Indigenous engagement practices and opportunities through proactive outreach and a collaborative approach.

As the project progresses, TC Energy will continue to work closely with Indigenous groups to ensure open and ongoing dialogue, address questions, and identify platforms of common interest on which to work with Indigenous groups. We will continue to progress our community legacy, education and training initiatives. Through our business engagement program we will continue to work with Indigenous businesses to identify opportunities to participate in economic opportunities.

Our Indigenous Relations policy, strategy and guiding principles inform our work with Indigenous groups.

Celebrating Indigenous culture together

The City of Cushing, Oklahoma, has earned the nickname, “The Pipeline Crossroads of the World.” It is also home to many Native American Tribes – as well as a fall festival that brings together the pipeline community and the Tribes. We were an inaugural sponsor of Native Fest, an annual festival held in September, and we have proudly supported the festival ever since.

Read more: Art and dance bring pipeline community and Native American Tribes together.

Economic benefits for local communities

Employment opportunities
Overall, construction will support nearly 60,000 (U.S., 42,000 and Canada, 17,000) direct, indirect and induced employment opportunities generated by the business that will be created supplying goods and services to the project and the project’s workforce.

Tax revenue
Keystone XL will generate tens of millions of dollars in property taxes across 40 counties in the U.S. and Canada every year of operation.

Once in-service, Keystone XL will also contribute an estimated $62 million in annual property taxes to Canadian and U.S. municipalities along the pipeline right-of-way, these dollars will support community services such as fire protection, policing, schools, hospital districts and waste management.

Business and infrastructure development 
Keystone XL will provide the United States with a stable, secure supply of crude oil from North America, reaching U.S. Gulf Coast refiners and meeting critical needs for transportation fuel and useful manufactured products..

TC Energy believes in investing in its communities and takes pride in supporting local initiatives and encouraging employees to get involved in local improvements. Initiatives such as the Build Strong program, Empower, and TC Scholarships support local citizens, help develop communities, and build the next generation of leaders.