Playgrounds, pools and parks: L3RP helps strengthen communities
Engagement program includes initial $580,000 round of community grants in Alberta, Saskatchewan
New playgrounds, basketball courts, and swimming pools.
“Smart lighting” for the community hall.
A much-needed upgrade for aging sewer infrastructure.
Campground wifi. Defibrillators and digital radios. Laptops for kids’ literacy.
Enbridge’s pipeline system doesn’t just run through communities. It connects them. And as part of the recent kickoff to Canadian construction activities for Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Program (L3RP), we’re making significant investments in those communities.
Over the next three weeks, in towns and cities across Alberta and Saskatchewan, we’ll be helping to fuel people’s quality of life by presenting grants that support community-strengthening initiatives. Collectively, these 24 donations will total about $580,000.
“Enbridge has always been approachable, especially here at the local level. They get involved,” says Anita Miller, mayor of Hardisty, Alberta. “They have people who live here, and work here, and play here.”
Spanning across three provinces—a distance of about 1,660 kilometres from Hardisty to Gretna, Manitoba—the $5.3-billion Canadian portion of the L3RP will:
- Create an estimated 24,493 temporary full-time equivalent jobs;
- Generate more than $514 million in tax revenue; and
- Contribute more than $2.8 billion to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
And during the construction phase of this project, more than $3 million will be invested in community-focused initiatives in 2017 and 2018 in towns across Canada—initiatives that include training and equipment for fire departments; upgrades to skating rinks; and new flooring, roofs and windows for community halls across the Canadian prairie.
“We view Enbridge as a major corporate citizen and a responsible corporate citizen,” says Tyler Lawrason, the Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipal District of Provost, Alberta. “We’ve been consistently impressed at the ways in which they engage with not only the local government, but with the population as a whole.”