November 16, 2015 8:06 pm

Enbridge to cut 500 jobs in North America, about half in Alberta

Enbridge Inc. signage is displayed outside of the company's corporate office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.

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CALGARY – Pipeline operator Enbridge (TSX:ENB) is cutting five per cent of its workforce as low oil prices continue to take their toll on the energy sector.

The move affects 500 people at all levels of the company in the United States and Canada–about half of which are in Alberta.

The company says it is also leaving 100 positions unfilled.

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Enbridge’s peer, TransCanada, has also been cutting staff, starting with its higher leadership ranks.

Enbridge spokesman Graham White says those receiving layoff notices will receive support and the cuts won’t compromise safety, operational reliability or environmental protection.

White says that although the steps are necessary for Enbridge to stay competitive, the company remains on strong footing and will continue to grow.

“A key element of our success depends on our competitiveness and our ability to withstand difficult times like those our industry is experiencing today. Disciplined cost management has always been part of that and core to our business model,” he said.

“While Enbridge is more resilient to commodity price downturns than others, we’re not immune,” White added.

“We’re taking these actions to remain competitive, ensure we can continue to serve our stakeholders well and to further strengthen our foundation for the future.”

With a file from Global News

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