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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!
(10-02-2012 02:46 AM)lordcryor Wrote:  @ RioNomad, I am not sure about North Dakota but would be willing to give it a try. What I would really like to do is work a mad amount of hours for several months then take a long vacation. So Fort Mac sounds exactly like what I am looking for, and I am haven't heard or read anything online to lead me to believe that North Dakota is jumping like that!

@ Scotian, yes I am IBEW. About a week ago, after reading a previous threads, I called up my union and had one of the Business Reps call local 424 to inquire about work. The Business Rep called me back and told me that Local 424 does not directly send out any journeyman to any of the oil sand camps. They said that it is all mostly non-union. And that I could try to contact one of the larger companies and try to get on with one of them. Then they also told my Business Rep that I would need something called a Temp work visa. So Scotian, this is when I called a few companies that you had listed and I also emailed a couple. Each company transferred me to a voicemail and I had to leave a message. Its been almost 2 weeks later and I am still waiting on a response. So today I called the Canadian Immigration Consulate Office and kept trying random extensions until I finally got a live person. Smile The person that I got told me that this was not his department, but he said that I first have to get an invitation to work from a company before I can apply for a Temp Working Visa. So here I am back to square 1. I will try to call back those companies that I called 2 weeks ago and also try to contact a few more. Scotian, how long are you planning on working this fall before you bounce to a warmer climate? I read a thread a couple of weeks ago saying that it was crazy in Fort Mac and the next shut down had already started. So should I just try to tough it out here and wait until Feb or March?

Its true that the non-union companies are bigger than union in the Fort McMurray area, although I know of a few contractors employing local 424 workers, look up Chemco and Transfield Services, try calling them and local 424 directly.

I'd say your best bet is the non-union route as they are bigger and employ more foreigners, many of these companies belong to a sham union called the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC), I would call them directly and see how that goes:

Don't bother calling the Canadian federal government, go to that Alberta provincial nominee program website I posted above and call them, I spent a few minutes on there and couldn't figure it out, typical government, but that website should have the relevant info you're looking for.

edit: I dug around looking for visa info, here's the website of an immigration lawyer, call them up and ask:

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(This post was last modified: 10-02-2012 09:40 PM by scotian.)
10-02-2012 09:37 PM
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - scotian - 10-02-2012 09:37 PM
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