Eco­nomic ben­e­fits of oil sands vi­tal to pros­per­ity of Cana­di­ans across coun­try – not just in Al­berta.

The McLeod River Post - - The Patch - Spe­cial to the Post

Bri­tish Columbia is the top sup­plier of goods and ser­vices to the oil sands, a bian­nual in­dus­try re­view re­veals, reaf­firm­ing a part­ner­ship that cre­ates jobs for Bri­tish Columbians and sup­ports com­mu­ni­ties.

In to­tal, 1,586 small, medium and large B.C. com­pa­nies pro­vided goods and ser­vices to the oil sands in 2016, lead­ing On­tario’s 1,560. Across Canada, a to­tal of 5,054 busi­nesses supplied the oil sands with goods and ser­vices this year.

B.C. com­pa­nies pro­vide en­vi­ron­men­tal tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing equip­ment ser­vices, camps and cater­ing, parts sup­ply, cor­po­rate ser­vices, tech­nol­ogy and trans­porta­tion, among oth­ers.

Th­ese busi­nesses, and the eco­nomic ben­e­fits they gen­er­ate, are spread across all re­gions of B.C. in­clud­ing:

Fort St. John, 426 sup­pli­ers Van­cou­ver, 131 sup­pli­ers Burn­aby, 78 sup­pli­ers Lan­g­ley, 34 sup­pli­ers Kam­loops, 22 sup­pli­ers Ab­bots­ford, 14 sup­pli­ers

Oil sands com­pa­nies spent $7.6 bil­lion across Canada on goods and ser­vices in 2016, of which $1.7 bil­lion was spent in B.C.

B.C.’s top-sup­plier rank comes dur­ing one of the most se­vere down­turns in Canada’s oil and gas in­dus­try, a pe­riod when in­dus­try rev­enues have fallen $60 bil­lion and cap­i­tal spend­ing has dropped $44 bil­lion.

CAPP sur­veys its mem­bers ev­ery two years for oil sands sup­ply chain in­for­ma­tion.

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