Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Workforce Projections

The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector is an important, emerging industry in British Columbia. And in order to support labour market planning and investments that will ensure B.C.’s workforce is equipped to meet the future needs of the sector, the government of B.C. contracted KPMG to develop occupational workforce projections for the LNG sector in the province.

The LNG workforce projections show workforce demand for occupations in the LNG sector for construction and operations phases between 2014 and 2023.

LNG proponents provided direct input on projects and provided feedback on preliminary results that was incorporated into the workforce projections.

Ultimately, a scenario with five LNG plants whose construction would start in 2015, and a total production capacity of 82 Million Tonnes Per Annum, would generate a total sector investment of $175 billion. Using this scenario, up to 100,000 jobs would be created:

  • 58,700 direct and indirect construction jobs at the height of the construction phase in 2018, including 31,700 direct construction jobs and 27,000 indirect construction jobs;
  • 23,800 permanent direct and indirect jobs for operations by the end of the forecasting period, including 5,300 direct new permanent jobs;
  • Thousands more induced jobs as a result of households having more income.

This section presents the direct workforce demand of the top ten occupations required by the LNG industry in B.C. New workforce demand starts in 2015, coinciding with timing of the start of construction in the scenario.

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Total Investment in LNG sector:
$175 billion
Total demand expected:
Up to 100,000 jobs
*Total investment and total demand are based on the 5 LNG Scenario; Total demand also includes direct/indirect/induced jobs Source: British Columbia LNG Workforce Occupation Forecast, KPMG, May 2014

Top 10 LNG Careers with Highest Workforce Demand

Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers (NOC 7611)
Construction trades helpers and labourers assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines.
Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers (NOC 7252)
Steamfitters and pipefitters design, install, assemble, maintain, and repair pipes carrying water, chemicals and fuel used in heating, cooling, lubricating and other piping systems.
Welders and related machine operators (NOC 7237)
Welders operate welding equipment to weld ferrous (metal with iron) and non-ferrous (metal without iron) metals.
Concrete finishers (NOC 7282)
Concrete finishers smooth and finish freshly poured concrete, apply curing or surface treatments and install, maintain and restore various masonry structures.
Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)
Truck drivers operate heavy trucks to deliver goods and materials over land. They typically make deliveries to and from manufacturing plants, retail stores and distribution centres.
Carpenters (NOC 7271)
Carpenters build, install, maintain and repair structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials.
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (NOC 7521)
Heavy equipment operators run large-scale equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and in surface mining and quarrying.
Gas fitters (NOC 7253)
Gas fitters install, inspect, repair and maintain gas lines and gas equipment such as meters, regulators and heating units in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Purchasing agents and officers (NOC 1225)
Purchasing agents and officers purchase general and specialized equipment, materials, land or access rights and business services for use or for further processing by their establishment/employer.
Crane operators (NOC 7371)
Crane operators run cranes to lift, move and position heavy objects, such as steel beams and building equipment. They often work at construction sites, ports, railway yards and similar industrial locations.