May 21, 2020
COVID-19: Protecting our people and providing an essential service
As global events surrounding COVID-19 continue to unfold, it is clear the health and economic impact on millions of people around the world will be significant and long term. It will continue to be a difficult and uncertain time for all of us.
While many of us remain isolated in our homes, we continue to be inspired by the efforts of healthcare workers, researchers and governments. We’re grateful for their vital work, protecting society, caring for those directly affected, and studying the virus to develop the tools needed to overcome this pandemic as quickly as possible.
At the same time, many others are hard at work making sure we have access to food, water, transportation, communications services and more. That includes our very own teams on the frontline who are physically present at our project and facilities work sites.”
On behalf of everyone at TC Energy, I’d like to express my appreciation for everything these dedicated people are doing to ensure the supply chains and delivery systems we all rely on continue to operate every day.”
President and CEO
May 7, 2020
The coronavirus continues to impact our lives across the world in upsetting ways, and we are doing our part at TC Energy to help slow down the spread of the virus and rebuild the economy.
While the situation continues to evolve, one thing remains the same: our focus on safety. It starts with the health, safety and wellness of our workforce, their families and our communities as we continue to deliver much-needed energy to homes, hospitals and essential businesses across North America.
Thank you to all essential workers
There are heroes and dedicated people emerging each day in this pandemic, like our first responders, healthcare professionals worldwide and the many people ensuring our essential needs are met without interruption. We recognize your sacrifices and tremendous efforts to help the world run when it has seemingly stopped.
At TC Energy, many of us are working from home, but we have teams that remain physically at job sites to ensure all of us have the energy we rely on every day. To our incredible frontline team and all essential workers, we say thank you.
The state of our business
While we are living in unprecedented times, our people and our business have remained healthy and resilient. We continue to effectively operate our assets and execute on our capital programs, which are essential to delivering the energy people need across North America.
Coupled with record financial results, we continue to advance our industry-leading capital program of $43 billion, which is largely focused on enhancing critical North American natural gas infrastructure. Not only is this capital spending good for the economy, it will also improve North American and worldwide energy security, as well as improve standards of living and air quality, globally, for decades to come.
Doing our part during COVID-19
At TC Energy, we want to do our part to help, especially during these challenging times. To date, we’ve contributed over $2.6 million across North America to help provide critical support to the people, places and organizations impacted by COVID-19, including more than $480,000 contributed by our employees.
One of the things we are doing is leveraging our community investment program, Build Strong, to support those most vulnerable in the communities where we live, work and operate. Through our workforce giving and volunteering program, Empower, we have also encouraged our employees to give back to charities of their choice through monetary donations, with a company match at 200 per cent – this way we can be virtually supportive while being physically distant. And we’re not stopping there.
We want you to be part of our efforts to support COVID-19 relief efforts. To that end, TC Energy has launched the #BetterTogether campaign and is matching all donations made through the TC Energy Giving Portal by the public at 200% to a meet our goal of $500,000. With these donations, we will provide food to those struggling to make ends meet, support those on the frontlines and help organizations meet the immediate needs of their communities.
From our operations, our nuclear generation project Bruce Power is providing 1.2 million pieces of PPE to frontline workers in Ontario fighting against COVID-19, representing the largest announced private-sector donation of PPE in Canada to date.
Protecting our essential workers at project work sites
To support our role as an essential service for North Americans, many operators, technicians and project personnel remain physically at work to ensure our systems are running safely and our vital projects continue to progress. We continue to execute rigorous site-specific safety protocols to help protect our worksites and our essential personnel working there, which includes:
- Social distancing practices where possible (staggering shifts to reduce group interactions);
- When social distancing is not possible and working closely together is critical to the safe and reliable operation of our assets, strict protocols are in place, including wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), hand washing, sanitization of surfaces;
- Training and communications program to support awareness, personal hygiene and fit-for-work/sick policies;
- Recommendation of wearing face mask coverings when appropriate;
- Continued use of PPE as part of our ongoing health and safety job site program;
- Enhanced cleaning of facilities and personal hygiene practices, and
- Increasing medical staff and medi-camps to support immediate healthcare for workers.