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Canada looks to lure energy workers from the U.S

The Los Angeles Times ran a front-page story on November 10, 2012 written by Ricardo Lopez.

The article was entitled “Canada looks to lure energy workers from the U.S.”.

In the article Ricardo Lopez reviews that fact that Canadian employers are swarming US job fairs to find tradesmen to move from California to Western Canada. He notes recruiters are headed in December to the Coachella Valley to look for construction workers that are out of work. Unemployment in California is 10.2%.

Rudolf Kischer of Maynard Kischer Stojicevic was quoted in the article that the firm was assisting many employers filling their labour needs with Americans.
The article interviews several trades people that have successfully moved to Western Canada recently and have found lots of work. He quotes Abigail Fulton, Vice President of the B.C. Construction Association as stating that recruiters are looking for welders, engineers, carpenters and roofers.  Ricardo states that since 2010 approximately 35,000 Americans have been issued work permits which is up 13% from a decade earlier.

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By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times

November 10, 2012, 3:42 p.m.

EDMONTON, Canada — With a daughter to feed, no job and $200 in the bank, Detroit pipe fitter Scott Zarembski boarded a plane on a one-way ticket to this industrial capital city.

He’d heard there was work in western Canada. Turns out he’d heard right. Within days he was wearing a hard hat at a Shell oil refinery 15 miles away in Fort Saskatchewan. Within six months he had earned almost $50,000. That was 2009. And he’s still there…..Original Article can be read here