The Canadian economy has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. But the small town of Oyen, Alberta, is a rare bright spot for which many credit the Keystone XL pipeline.
Construction of the pipeline’s Canadian portion started this past summer, and since then, more than 800 temporary workers have come to the area.
“With the pipeline coming in, it’s an economic boom,” said Wanda Diakow, the local economic development officer.
“There’s been a demand for extra accommodation in our region. Your traffic on your highways has increased. When you drive into the town, the population has increased — like it’s busier.