Economic Benefits

Natural gas development is an important part of Canada’s economy.

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The industry contributes to Canada’s overall economic health through jobs and taxes and royalties paid to the provincial and federal governments. This revenue can be used to help pay for health care, education, infrastructure and other social programs. The following benefits will be realized if we are able to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry to ship Canadian natural gas to Asian markets:  

Key facts: 

  • It is forecast that the natural gas industry will generate $2.3 trillion in economic impact over the next 20 years. 
  • Employment (direct, indirect and induced) from natural gas activity was 250,000 in 2015 and forecast to grow to almost 650,000 in 2035. 
  • Taxes paid to the federal and provincial governments from the upstream natural gas industry will total $405 billion over the next 20 years. (Source: CERI)   

The future of natural gas  

While the natural gas market has been challenged by a number of factors including the increase in U.S. production and the 2009 global recession, Canada’s natural gas industry does have a bright future if we are able to build a liquefied natural gas industry to ship Canadian natural gas to Asian markets. Based on a 2018 CAPP data the economic impacts of supporting a Canadian LNG industry are significant and estimates include:

  • Generation of $2.4 billion towards Canada's GDP in direct or indirect activity
  • Employment growth on a national level increases by 10,000 direct or indirect jobs
  • Annual government revenues (corporate, personal, indirect taxes and royalties) for the provincial and federal governments

LNG exports from Canada could provide annual benefits

The benefits of exporting LNG to Canada are an increase in jobs, GDP generation and revenue to provincial and federal governments

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