Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs sign LNG project agreements with local unions

Bear Head LNG says its proposed liquefied natural gas project has signed agreements with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association, and unions in Cape Breton in a commitment to develop the project on the Strait of Canso in an environmentally sustainable manner. CEO John Baguley called it a “significant milestone” for the LNG project and demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing direct benefits to Mi’kmaq communities.

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is comprised of all 13 Mi’kmaq Chiefs in Nova Scotia and is the highest level of collective governance for the Mi’kmaq in the province. Chief Terrance Paul, Co-Chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs, said, "This agreement is an important step in ensuring that Mi’kmaq rights are recognized and protected and in building our relationship with Bear Head LNG. The development of the Bear Head LNG facility will create important economic opportunities for our communities and for all Nova Scotians.”

Bear Head said the labour agreement with the unions governs the terms of employment for employees represented by the unions at the Bear Head facility and gives priority to qualified residents of Cape Breton Island and mainland Nova Scotia. “Bear Head LNG is looking to invest a significant amount of money and resources into the LNG facility – a labour agreement creating a stable environment for the life of the project will help position the project for success,” said Mr. Baguley. “A stable labour environment is good for everyone, including the workers. We look forward to working with the building and construction trades to bring significant benefits to them and their families.” 

Bear Head is proposing to build an LNG export facility on the naturally deep waters of the Strait of Canso in Point Tupper, Richmond County, Nova Scotia. The proposed facility will comprise an initial development of an 8 –12 million tonne per annum facility, with the capacity and approvals for further expansion. All required initial permits are now in place for Bear Head LNG to construct the LNG export facility. Canada's National Energy Board and the U.S. Department of Energy have granted export licenses for the facility.