|Canada Welcomes Obamasized Energy Workers|
|by Tom McGregor||Mon, Nov 19, 2012, 09:02 PM|
US energy workers who have been Obamasized (laid off after President Barack Obama’s re-election on Nov. 6) can head north of the border for lucrative jobs.The Houston Chronicle reports that, "here in the western province of Alberta, energy companies are racing to tap the region's vast deposits of oil sands. Canada is looking to double production by the end of the decade. To do so it will have to lure more workers – tens of thousands of them – to this cold and sparsely populated place. The weak U.S. recovery is giving them a big assist."
Canadian companies have been swarming to US job fairs, advertising on radio and YouTube and assigning headhunters to attract unemployed Americans to move to Canada.
According to the Houston Chronicle, "the US isn’t the only place Canada is looking for labor. In Alberta, which is expecting a shortage of 114,000 skilled workers by 2021, provincial officials have been courting English-speaking tradespeople from Ireland, Scotland and other European nations. Immigrants from the Philippines, India and Africa have found work in services. But some employers prefer Americans because they adapt quickly, come from a similar culture and can visit their homes more easily."
Approximately 35,000 U.S. workers annually have been issued work permits since 2010, according to Canadian immigration figures. That's an increase of 13% from earlier in the decade, and it is expected to rise as provinces loosen regulations on temporary foreign workers.
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