Political Advocacy and Accountability

Our activities in a variety of areas—whether it’s community investment, workforce diversity, ethics, procurement or environmental protection—help achieve greater harmony, efficiency and prosperity.

We work to ensure that Enbridge speaks with one voice—lawfully and ethically—in the political arena.

We support democratic, regulatory and public policy processes in the jurisdictions in which we conduct business. We engage with policymakers and participate as appropriate in meetings, hearings, trade associations and advocacy efforts—all in accordance with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and our Statement on Business Conduct.

Our Approach

Priorities Regarding Energy Advocacy

Enbridge publicly advocates for company interests on key issues and policies critical to our business. Ultimately, we strive to build awareness of the role that energy plays in people’s lives and how the energy Enbridge generates, transports and distributes contributes in a meaningful way to their standard of living, health and prosperity.

Public Policy Positions

Enbridge is committed to supporting the development of responsible public policy. We engage with governments at the state, provincial and federal levels in Canada and the U.S. to help inform the development of public policies and regulatory processes important to our operations, growth projects and long-term strategic outlook and objectives.

Our key public policy positions include:

North America’s energy competitiveness

Trade: Enbridge supports an integrated North American energy market supported by safe, reliable and interconnected infrastructure systems that link supply and demand. Open and integrated markets encourage investment in needed infrastructure connecting robust supply with growing demand across North America while also seizing the opportunity for energy exports from North America to global markets.

Regulatory stability: A predictable regulatory environment is critical to Enbridge’s ability to attract capital, maintain reliable operations and pursue targeted expansion opportunities. We advocate for regulatory frameworks that are efficient, transparent, effective, harmonized and predictable.

Fiscal policy: Enbridge is focused on advancing stable fiscal and tax policies that promote investment in the development of North American energy infrastructure. This includes fiscal and tax regimes that allow us to continue to grow our business, create jobs and economic vitality, and strengthen North American energy security.

Energy transition and climate

Enbridge is committed to enabling the transition to a lower-carbon economy across all our businesses. We believe that the world must find new ways to meet global energy demand while also reducing global GHG emissions. We also believe that meaningful climate action requires innovation and emission reductions across the entire energy system. Therefore, we work to ensure that proposed public policy solutions are technology-agnostic, effective and efficient in addressing the climate impact of energy development and consumption. Enbridge has invested more than $7.8 billion in renewable power since 2002 and natural gas contributed 45% in 2018 as compared to 20% in 2016 of EBITDA.

Community and Indigenous Inclusion

Enbridge believes that developing and maintaining strong relationships—based on common values of safety, integrity and respect, and focused on achieving common goals—yields constructive outcomes both for the communities in which we operate and for our company. We pursue sustainable relationships with Indigenous nations and groups in proximity to where we conduct business in a manner that adheres to a core set of principles outlined in the Company’s Indigenous Peoples Policy.

Infrastructure Safety and Security

With respect to pipeline safety, Enbridge is focused on continuous improvement and works to advance policies that encourage investment in technology and innovation to more efficiently and effectively identify and address potential threats to the safe operation of our system. As part of a continuing effort to enhance the security of physical assets, cyber and data networks, Enbridge is committed to preventing any incident, physical or cyber, from occurring, and to ensuring expedient and effective resolution and return to service in the event of an incident. Enbridge actively engages, directly and through industry organizations, with our regulators and security professionals in the public sector to ensure safe, secure and reliable operations of our infrastructure.

Our Performance


As required by law, we file lobbying reports on a regular basis with the Canadian government, the U.S. Congress, and state, provincial and municipal agencies, disclosing information about lobbying activities, including the issues lobbied and agencies contacted.

Political Contributions

Federal laws in both Canada and the U.S. generally place limits on a company's ability to participate in the political process. As such, Enbridge does not contribute corporate funds directly to federal political candidates, committees or parties in either jurisdiction. However, on a limited basis, we may use corporate funds in the U.S. to make contributions to 527 organizations (a 527 designation from the Internal Revenue Service confers tax exemption eligibility).

At the state, provincial and local level, Enbridge’s political participation adheres to respective laws and regulations.

Our political contribution decisions are guided by what is in the best interest of the Company, our employees and our shareholders. We have processes in place to ensure transparency and accountability. All proposed contributions must be reviewed and approved by the business unit executive responsible for public affairs and communications, business unit president, the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors. Enbridge’s senior leader responsible for external affairs in Canada and/or the U.S. reviews all contributions and ensures accountability to our Political Contributions Policy. For more information, please see the Enbridge Inc. Political Contributions Policy.

In 2018, Enbridge’s total corporate political contributions in Canada were $5,000 and in the U.S. were US$43,000. In the U.S., through the voluntary, employee-driven Enbridge (U.S.) Inc. Political Action Committee (Enbridge-DCP PAC), eligible employees contributed approximately US$237,000 to candidates, campaigns and committees at the state and federal levels. All U.S. contributions are disclosed consistent with federal and state laws and regulations and are available on the website of the Federal Election Commission and the websites of election boards in certain states where the PAC makes contributions.

Trade Associations

Lending our voice to industry leadership

“Andy Drake, Vice President Asset Integrity for GTM*, is one of two industry representatives appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC). Andy has served on the GPAC for 18 years. In 2018 David Bryson, senior vice president for GTM*, served on the Liquids Pipeline Advisory Committee.

*Title effective June 1, 2019

We participate in trade and industry associations to share our experience and expertise and to inform the development of public policy and regulatory processes. We benefit from, and contribute to, the general business, technical and industry standard-setting expertise that these associations provide. Safety and operational reliability, together, remain our number one priority, and we invest significant time and effort toward safety- and reliability-related issues.

We are also committed to supporting the development of responsible public policy in the pipeline industry, and work with the various trade and industry associations on a variety of public policy issues that may impact our business. In doing so, we express our own corporate objectives when policy priorities are established, and we do not always agree with all positions taken by these associations. Each year, we consider our membership in these associations as part of our annual strategic planning and budgeting process.

In 2018, we contributed CAD$50,000 or more in membership dues to the following organizations in Canada. Please note that we have only listed our executive-level involvement in these organizations. We also participate in various committees associated with these trade associations.

Connecting with Canadian Industry Organizations

(Membership as of June 30, 2019)



Examples of Our Involvement

Health and safety

An independent, non-partisan public policy think tank that focuses on the policies that shape the West, and by extension, Canada.

An Enbridge representative is a member of an Advisory Council.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Connects businesses of all sizes from all sectors and regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities and families across Canada.

Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability serves on the Board.

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Represents Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry

President and CEO serves on a task force.

Canadian Gas Association

Represents Canada’s natural gas distribution industry. Members include distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers.

Enbridge Gas Vice President serves on the Board.

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies.

Senior Vice President, Operations serves on the Board. A Director serves on the Board of the CEPA Foundation.

Ontario Energy Association

Represents Ontario’s energy sector, serving as a bridge between business, government and other groups to foster common understanding of each other's positions and interests.

Enbridge Executive Vice President, Utilities and Power Operations serves on the Board.

In 2018, we also contributed US$50,000 or more in membership dues to the following organizations in the U.S.

Connecting with U.S. Industry Organizations

(Membership as of June 30, 2019)



Examples of Our Involvement

American Gas Association

Represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean-burning natural gas throughout the U.S.

Committee participation.

American Petroleum Institute

The largest U.S. trade association for the oil and natural gas industry, representing about 400 corporations involved in production, refinement, distribution and many other aspects of the petroleum industry.

President and CEO serves on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Board.

Association of Oil Pipe Lines

Represents the interests of owners and operators of liquid pipelines in the U.S.

Executive Vice President and President, LP serves as the Chair of the Board.

GPA Midstream Association

Represents U.S.-based companies that are engaged in gathering and processing natural gas.

DCP Midstream’s President and CEO is Chair of the Board.

Interstate Natural Gas Association

Advocates regulatory and legislative positions of importance to the natural gas pipeline industry in North America, and initiates industry-wide safety and asset-integrityimprovement efforts.

Executive Vice President and President, GTM is Chair of the Board.

Pipeline Research Council International

Represents the world’s leading pipeline companies, and the vendors, service providers, equipment manufacturers and other organizations supporting our industry.

Vice President, Pipeline Integrity serves on the Board.

Texas Pipeline Association

Provides effective advocacy on issues related to pipeline safety, environmental regulations, taxation and legislation and is the primary resource for information regarding the Texas pipeline industry.

Director, Commercial Services serves on the Board.

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