Technology is changing the employment landscape in Canada’s oil patch

Posted May 14, 2019 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning, Labour News

Every day technology impacts how we live, play and work. From the office to the field to the customer, technology is helping oil and gas companies operate more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.

In many cases, technology assists with the work that employees already do. For example, data analytics is being used to inform production, drilling and business decisions. In some cases, technologies may change or even remove certain tasks – frequently technology is used to eliminate routine, repetitive behaviours – making workers safer.

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Orphan wells

Posted May 1, 2019 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning, Labour News

A win/win opportunity for workers and the Orphan Well Association

Alberta’s plan to clean up approximately 700 orphan wells over three years is a welcome source for additional jobs in the province.

The Orphan Well Association (OWA) was created to safely shutdown abandoned oil and gas wells, pipelines and production facilities, then restore the land as close to its original state as possible. While funding for the OWA comes from an annual levy paid by the oil and gas industry, in 2018, the Government of Alberta loaned $235 million to the OWA, addi... Continue reading

Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples are expanding in Canada’s oilpatch

Posted April 24, 2019 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning, Labour Market Information

In Canada’s oil and gas workforce, Indigenous Peoples are taking on a larger role, generating new opportunities through ownership, joint ventures and employment, contributing with investment, innovation and labour.

According to the latest numbers available, Indigenous Peoples represented 6.3% of the direct Canadian oil and gas industry workforce in 2016, or 11,900 oil and gas workers, mostly in the services sub-sector, followed by exploration and production and pipelines. Alberta’s oil sands operations have traditionally been a larger employer of Indigenous Peoples, ... Continue reading

Still a tough go for oil and gas workers

Posted April 16, 2019 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning, Labour Market Information

PetroLMI has just released a 2019 Oil and Gas Labour Market Update, which looks at employment projections across the industry, including the conventional exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sub-sectors, and by key occupations. We are forecasting that about 12,500 direct jobs are at risk in 2019, mostly in Alberta, and mostly in the oil and gas services sector. Canada’s direct oil and gas workforce is forecast to decline by 23% from a peak of 226,500 in 2014, and a drop of 7% fr... Continue reading