Employment Law

TC Energy Layoffs: Jobs in Calgary and Houston primarily affected

A photo of a pipeline in a forest. (Photo: Quinten de Graaf / Unsplash)

TC Energy has eliminated an unspecified number of jobs — primarily affecting staff in Calgary and Houston.

What’s happening at TC Energy?

In a statement to multiple news outlets, including Reuters, the energy giant said the layoffs are part of a previously announced plan to integrate its natural gas pipeline units in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

TC Energy didn’t disclose how many employees have been let go.

At the end of December, the company’s principal operating unit, TCPL, reportedly had more than 2,600 workers in Calgary and approximately 837 in Houston.

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Termination agreements for employees at TC Energy

In Canada, non-unionized employees at TC Energy are owed full severance pay when they lose their jobs due to downsizing, corporate restructuring, or the closure of the business.

This includes individuals working full-time, part-time, or hourly in Alberta, B.C., and Ontario.

People working “on contract” or as a contractor may also be owed severance pay — given that many employees in Canada are often misclassified as independent contractors.

Severance can be as much as 24 months’ pay, depending on a number of factors.

WATCH: Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru explains why you are still owed severance if you have been downsized on an episode of the Employment Law Show.

Before accepting a severance offer, double-check the amount using our firm’s free Severance Pay Calculator. It has helped millions of Canadians determine their entitlements.

In addition to your salary, make sure to factor in any other elements of your compensation (i.e. bonuses, commission, etc.).

If your employer’s offer falls short of what our Severance Pay Calculator says you are owed, it’s very likely that you have been wrongfully dismissed and should contact an experienced employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Non-unionized employees in Canada have up to two years from the date of their dismissal to pursue proper severance pay.

Rights to severance for provincially regulated employees
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Major layoffs continue

The job cuts at TC Energy come amid a flurry of layoffs in 2024.

Big names, including Electronic Arts, Rivian, Sony, Vice Media, BuzzFeed, Nike, Cisco, Catalent, CascadesBlackBerry, PayPal, UPS, Microsoft, and Rona, have also pulled out the axe as they continue to navigate challenging economic conditions.

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Lost your job? Talk to an employment lawyer

If you have been fired or let go for any reason, contact the experienced employment law team at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Our lawyers in Alberta, B.C., and Ontario have successfully represented tens of thousands of non-unionized individuals.

In addition to severance package negotiations, we can assist you on a broad range of employment matters, including:

If you are a non-unionized employee who needs help with a workplace issue, contact us or call 1-855-821-5900 to get the advice you need and the compensation you deserve.

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