Telkwa Coal is committed to engaging with local communities to address their priorities in our project planning. The closest communities to the proposed Project are Telkwa and Smithers. Telkwa Coal has established a community office in Telkwa with an open-door policy, and hired local residents to support environmental, socio-economic, cultural, and exploration programs.
Telkwa Coal is committed to creating long-term, sustainable economic and community benefits for the region. Economic benefits* to local communities include:
- More than 70 experts from Telkwa, Smithers and the Bulkley-Nechako region retained for environmental, socio-economic, cultural and exploration programs
- 150 full-time equivalent employees during peak construction
- 170 full-time equivalent employees during peak operations over the 25 year mine life
- 255 full-time equivalent indirect jobs during peak operations over the 25 year mine life
The Project will also have other economic benefits, including:
- 250 million Canadian dollars in revenues for federal, provincial, and local governments to support community services and infrastructure, including social programs, education, and health care
- Capital costs estimated at 82.4 million Canadian dollars
- Annual operating costs estimated at 73 million Canadian dollars
*This list and the amounts are subject to change pending final mine plan.
The Project is designed to be cost-effective and therefore able to withstand coal market volatility in order to provide a steady source of local employment.
See the Resources page for information materials on Project Benefits and Employment.