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Canada Looks to Lure Energy Workers from United States

Manufacturing Group | November 13, 2012

A vast deposit of oil sands has Canadian companies licking their chops and looking for extra workers.

Canada Looks to Lure Energy Workers from United States

United States workers, Canada wants you.

According to an article in the LA Times, the western province of Alberta has a vast deposit of oil sands energy companies are looking to tap. In fact, Canada wants to double its production by the end of the decade, but needs tens of thousands more workers to reach that goal, so it is reaching out to people looking for work in a weak U.S. economy for assistance.

The Golden State is offering recruiters a golden opportunity. Looking to take advantage of California’s 10.2% unemployment rate, Canadian employers are focusing on job fairs and advertising to lure people, such as construction workers to the Great White North.

“California has a lot of workers and we hope they come up,” Mike Wo, executive director of the Edmonton Economic Development Corp., tells the LA Times.

Canadians have a sales-pitch idle workers in California want to hear, too: universal healthcare, good pay, quality schools, bonuses, and a steady job.

According to the Times, since 2010, about 35,000 U.S. workers year are issued work permits for Canada.

Click here to read the full article in the Los Angeles Times.

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