News Release


April 24, 2020 – Trades NL is expressing disappointment with news from Husky Energy confirming construction on the White Rose Extension CGS project at the Argentia Industrial Site is suspended for the remainder of 2020, but is optimistic that work will resume once the COVID-19 Pandemic challenge passes and things settle.

“We would like to thank Husky and the main contractor,  SDP, for their commitment to the health and safety of the workers and their families during these challenging times, and we will stay in contact with them to be ready for start up when required to do so. To date, the quality of work provided by our membership has been extremely positive, with regular acknowledgement of same by Husky, so we will be ready to finish the project on their schedule, when they are ready to proceed.”

  • Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL

With the suspension of construction, and timing for restarting construction activities undetermined at this time, approximately 1,600 skilled trade workers from Newfoundland and Labrador will be out of work this year.

“The latest news is certainly unfortunate for our workforce, with more than  1600 workers and their families affected by this decision. However, Trades NL remains committed to working with the general Contractor, SDP, and Husky Energy to implement a care and maintenance plan to protect the site; review potential work that may continue in the short-term with the project; and collaborate on a longer-term plan that will see full resumption of the project.”

  • Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL

Trades NL will be meeting with the contractor in the coming days to receive more specific details on timelines, Husky Energy plans for the project in the short and long term, and to determine how workers personal belongings, including tools and equipment, will be returned to them.

Meanwhile, Trades NL will continue working with government and industry on behalf of its members to explore new opportunities to create employment in the construction industry.

“We expect all levels of government will be using construction as a key component to stimulate the economy, post-COVID-19, and we have already reached out to both the Provincial and Federal governments to ensure they select projects which will focus on immediate job creation and economic stimulation.”

  • Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL

Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 18,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Our members are highly qualified, very productive and extremely safe.

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