For years oil industry workers headed east to Saudi to make quick thousands (or tens of thousands) toiling in air conditioned offices beneath an unrelenting Saharan sun. Now there is a new migration patterns as American workers flow north, a Keystone Pipeline in reverse, to Canadian oil fields.
With 50,000 job vacancies in the energy employment sector, Canadian employers are hungrily eying skilled American workers to the south. The province of Alberta, in particular, has launched a recruitment campaign in the United States. American veterans are among those being targeted.
Reasons Canadian companies are particularly looking our direction to fill their skilled labor gap include the fact that Americans speak English, share a similar business culture, and, most importantly, after spending a couple of dark, sub-zero winters up north, will be more than happy to relocate back to the United States.
Let’s just hope they don’t bring another polar vortex with them.