Labour Shortage Facing Alberta Oils Sands dicussed by Alberta Energy Minister Hughes

As oil sands production increases, getting the right people to spend months at a time in remote locations north of Edmonton is an ongoing challenge for companies. Minister Hughes pointed out this is not a new phenomenon, “Alberta has a long history of needing people and capital to come from outside to develop its resources,” he said.

But the labor issue is a constraint, he admitted, and explained that as an entrepreneur before getting elected he saw how all industries can be affected by a tight workforce. Hughes said the Alberta Energy Ministry is working with the US Ambassador to organize a job fair and website to open employment opportunities for returning service people. “They have good skills and discipline and we have need for people to learn and contribute,” if people have trades as a background there might be opportunities in Alberta’s oil patch.