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originally posted by: kicked
Definitely no shortage of jobs here, you will be able to find a job ranging from a salesman to a oil patch worker without too much trouble. The cost of living is quite high, especially if you're thinking of working in Fort McMurray. There are arrogant Albertans who will condescend towards maritimers, though most people here are very tolerant. There are a ton of immigrants who live and work here, Alberta's population grew at 3x the national average this past year. I would encourage anyone who feels they can live through our winters to come out here and work. This is where the money is.
Agreed. We live here, but have family in Ontario, and that is hard enough. Now if my husband needs to go west for work, it is a situation I'd like to avoid.
originally posted by: Toadmund
Now what bugs me is half of my family lives out west now, two brothers in Alberta, and my Mom lives in Ottawa.
They may as well be dead to me.
So many friends and families losing touch with one another for the almighty buck, oil IS thicker than blood. I'd love to go and regularly have a beer with my bros. I got one brother left who moved out into the boonies a half hour away, and that is too far, let alone hundreds of miles.
Telephone, emails, etc. just doesn't do it for me, and I rarely get in touch that way, I like to see people in front of me.
I know what you feel.
originally posted by: TKDRL
a reply to: AccessDenied
A lot of my family is now working west, I think it's 3 weeks on, 1 week off, 10 hour shifts. I don't think I could handle that kinda crap these days, pulling so many hours like that. Not sure what is wrong, I am not that old, but I get tired really easy these days. I used to work like a dog in my business too being gone anywhere from 8-14 hours a day 6 or 7 days a week.
originally posted by: stirling
Don't come west broke, or unqualified.....be sure you have the right tickets for the oilpatch if that's where you are headed.....look online for some....
H2S,safety first aid (personal level at least)Proper driving licences,Ground disturbance for HEOs, and others...make sure your trade qualifications are accepted in the province you wish to go to as well....and try to get hired before you show up because there is a surplus of job seekers, and the crush is getting bigger all the time.
Don't expect to live in your camper or motor home in sub arctic conditions as its getting on to fall, and itll get cold the further north ya go....there is laws against such things in Fort Macmurray I hear....
On the other hand id bet just about every service business in Edmonton needs help....gas stations...Timmys,A&Ws, and many more are desperate for employees......check out that angle.....
Saskatchewan is going to boom better too in the coming years....
and one other thing..........GOOD LUCK!
originally posted by: dukeofjive696969
I moved from montreal to brithish columbia 12 years ago and ive never looked back, there is tons of maritimers up here and they all have the same story, they left there families to find work and hope for a better future, high wages are easy to get but everything is so expensive out west its not even funny.