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Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
I actually know someone who works in the oil sands. This dude has degrees in oil exploration so he's making buku. Most well-traveled person I know. He's been everywhere, even countries like Greenland. No joke.

Anyway, I looked into it and e-mailed him and he shot back a very resourceful e-mail. This is for those of you who are thinking of getting involved, particularly Americans seeking work in Alberta.

In order to work in Fort McMurray, you must be legally able to work in Canada already. Most employers will not help with the immigration process, unless they are hiring for very elite positions, such as top executives. You must go through the immigration process yourself first. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration website for more information on the process and your options:

Two good resources for people wanting to move to Alberta:

If you want information on how your education and training relate to Alberta's standards, you must go through the International Qualifications Assessment Service: Further information is found in the tabs on the left-hand side of the page. Information on regulated professions is here:

Developed by the Government of Canada, the Working in Canada Tool ( can help you learn about Canada's labour market and search for employment facts by occupation and city, town or region. An excellent general website for people thinking of moving to Canada can be found:

Once you have a valid work permit and are legally able to work in Canada and have looked into how your training and credentials can be transferred to Canadian standards, the following are some links and resources to get you started on your job search. Here is some information about Fort Mc Murray and some things to consider before making your move:

About Wood Buffalo (Fort Mc Murray)
Before you move

Another good website for people new to Fort McMurray to visit is:

Labour Market News
For information about the labour market in the Fort McMurray area, and for information on the kinds of job available, check out the Labour Market News on our website. . Suggested reading for you:

- Finding a job
- Oil sands Jobs
- Administration

There is also current information on our Reports page which is updated every two to three months. Check out the Oil Sands Project Report and the Wood Buffalo Economic Updates here:

Employer Web Sites:
There are a few places I can send you to look for jobs in the Fort McMurray area. First go to the > Links > Employer Web Sites section our website: — this will give you a list of companies that hire by trade. Links that you should look at:
- Business

Safety Certifications:
All workers working in the oil sands sites are required to have Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) certifications completed. Without these certifications, workers are not allowed to work on the oil sands sites. To find more information on these two trainings and other requirements that you may need please visit:

Some general job search websites:
General employment listings are often found at Click on English, then Job Search on the upper left, then Alberta in the list of provinces. In Step 1, enter a keyword, or leave it blank. In Step 2, pick Fort McMurray and Area from the list.
Also check out:

Major Employers:
The major surface mining companies in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) are Syncrude, Suncor, Albian Sands and Canadian National Resources Ltd. (CNRL). You can apply for jobs directly to their website, but some of the jobs on the mine sites, especially construction, are contracted out to other construction companies. Also there are a number of in-situ mines that operating or under construction.

Camp Jobs
There are construction jobs that come with camp accommodations but, whether or not a job comes with camp housing depends on the company and the job, so it's something that you have to negotiate with the employer. For more information on getting a job that comes with camp housing, see the Labour Market News at:
(This post was last modified: 02-27-2012 02:54 PM by Hencredible Casanova.)
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - Hencredible Casanova - 02-27-2012 02:54 PM
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