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People and contracting

We are proud of the relationships we’ve built with Indigenous groups and are committed to providing business, employment and training opportunities to the people on whose lands we operate.

Opportunities for Indigenous groups

By partnering with Indigenous businesses and community members, we contribute to the social and economic well-being of the communities where we do business. Our Indigenous Relations Business Engagement team works with Indigenous groups to identify businesses and individuals who are interested in project-related contracting opportunities. They also work to ensure our contractors are engaging meaningfully with Indigenous businesses. In 2020, based on feedback from Indigenous groups, we made significant improvements to our business engagement program aimed at helping position Indigenous businesses for success.

We accept applications from contractors, suppliers and vendors looking to work with us. For more information on doing business with us, visit our Contractors, suppliers and vendors section.

Finding solutions for tomorrow’s energy challenges requires diverse viewpoints and experience. We recognize the unique perspectives Indigenous employees bring to the work we do and are committed to providing Indigenous voices with opportunities and equity in our teams and projects. Having top Indigenous talent as a part of our team is key to helping us solve the world’s largest energy problems.  

Our Indigenous scholarship program, investment into over 580 Indigenous partnerships and our 40-year history of engagement with Indigenous groups represent our commitment to the communities we work in. Our 2022 Reconciliation Action Plan provides our roadmap to help build our strong shared future. We recognize the invaluable and critically important contributions that Indigenous Peoples provide, both within our offices and along our footprint, and prioritize building and maintaining these positive relationships.   

In 1982, TC Energy spent an average yearly investment of $5 million in Indigenous businesses.
To date, Coastal GasLink has awarded $1.2 billion of contract awards to local Indigenous businesses affiliated with Coastal GasLink agreement-holding First Nations groups
In 2021, TC Energy and our Prime or General Contractors collectively reported more than $1.1 billion spent with Indigenous and Native American businesses

Case study

Honouring the past, celebrating the future

December 2019 marked the opening of Little Rock Lake Lodge, a workforce accommodation site built to house up to 600 women and men working on the Coastal GasLink Project in British Columbia, Canada. Located in Nadleh Whut’en territory, the lodge was established through a partnership with the Nation, Horizon North and Falcon Camp Services.

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Case study: Alexander First Nation

Supporting skills training

As long-term neighbours of our natural gas pipeline system in Alberta, the Alexander First Nation identified heavy equipment operator skills training as a priority to help their members obtain quality jobs in and around their community.

Skills training supported by TC Energy at Alexander First Nation is one of the ways our operations can generate direct and indirect economic benefits for the communities where we operate.


We are committed to providing business, employment and training opportunities to the Indigenous groups on whose lands we build and operate through all phases of our projects.

We work collaboratively with Indigenous communities and businesses to create mutually beneficial relationships based on a principled approach to commercial opportunities. Many opportunities are made available during construction, through our general contractors.

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We believe in Indigenous employment and training programs and work with Indigenous groups to identify training opportunities that will provide long-term mutual value. We also have a robust Indigenous legacy scholarship program, along with other trades and leadership scholarships. Learn more by visiting our scholarships page.

TC Energy works with communities to understand local business capacity and priorities, and matches this to project requirements, depending on the size and type of project (Natural Gas, Oil and Liquids or Power and Storage), and its specific needs.

At this time, TC Energy does not have specific targets for Indigenous spend, as each project and Indigenous community has unique attributes, needs and capacity. TC is focused on progressing our projects and operations with Indigenous communities and business in mind. Our approach to Indigenous contracting will continue to evolve and change as does their capacity to supply goods and services to our projects and operations.

Need more information or have a question?

Email us at indigenous_relations@tcenergy.com, call us at 1-855-895-8754 or visit our Contact us page for more information.