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Oil and gas industry

Canada today is one of the most attractive employers for industry professionals. According to official data, this state hires up to seventeen thousand workers and engineers from Eastern European countries on a contract basis every season.

The most popular among potential labor migrants is the oil industry, which, in conditions of total energy shortages over the past few decades, has consistently demonstrated positive dynamics.

Oil production is carried out on drilling platforms and rigs, through which precious “black gold” is pumped directly from the seabed and also extracted from oil-rich sands (oil sands).

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Employment specifics

As mentioned above, Canadian oil refineries are interested in attracting workers from Eastern European countries. Hiring is carried out exclusively under a contract, the terms of which are established individually. As a rule, travel to the workplace, medical insurance and meals are fully paid by the company-employer. On average, the contract period is from 6 months to 1 year. In case of bilateral interest, lawyers of the employer offer to extend it.


The average salary of oil producers in Canada is about 8-9 thousand dollars a month. As a rule, employers are willing to pay 200-400 dollars per shift. Of course, the size of the rate depends on the specialty and qualifications. Such a high salary even for the average Canadian is due to high social standards and living standards in Canada, as well as difficult working conditions on oil-producing platforms: consistently low air temperatures, high humidity, regular storms.

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Candidate Requirements

You can get a job on an oil rig without working qualification, but professional experience, mechanics, mechanics and welders have the greatest chances to get the desired job. Moreover, it is desirable to have experience with machinery and equipment. A highly qualified engineer with a diploma from a Soviet university (or a university in the CIS countries) will have to confirm his qualification by passing the profile examination of a special commission.

About health

In addition to purely professional, communicative requirements, the Canadian employer will not forget to clarify information about the state of health of a potential employee. People with impaired vision, hearing and various chronic diseases are not admitted to such work. In particular, pay attention to the diseases of the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal tract, nervous system. There are also restrictions on age. So, on the oil platforms are accepted men under the age of 55 years and women under the age of 50 years. Also a prerequisite is the absence of a criminal record and dependence on drugs and alcohol. These data must be confirmed by the relevant references.

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Working conditions

On oil platforms work on a rotational basis. The duration of the watch ranges from 20 to 180 days, depending on the terms of the contract. In this case, the work schedule for technical workers and service personnel is usually different. Technicians take a break for rest every four hours of work. Auxiliary and service personnel work a full eight-hour day. Obligatory rest with disembarkation for 15-45 days is provided already at the end of the watch.


All the necessary conditions for work and good rest are created for workers of oil-extracting towers and platforms. Most likely, you will have to live in twin or four-bed cabins with all conveniences. Employers offer a high-quality full-fledged diet, including vegetables, meat, fish and fruits.

Internet access, satellite TV and a gym are provided for leisure time. Most of these services are free. The only thing you have to pay for is international telephone calls.

Oil and gas industry

Although most oil and gas jobs in Canada are located in Alberta, the truth is that the industry actually operates in 12 of our 13 provinces and territories, and depending on which career path you choose or which company you work in, you can find a vacancy on offshore rigs across the country.

Oil and gas operations have already proven themselves in provinces such as Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, but in other parts of the country, such as Manitoba, Quebec, PEI and the North, deposits are beginning to open or oil and natural gas production are increasing. .

Here is a guide to Canadian oil and gas, province by province:

British columbia

It is the second largest producer of natural gas in Canada, the main part of its activity is located in the northeastern part of the province, in the area of ​​the Mira River near the Nels forts