Northern Access to Oil Sands Sector Gets Boost

Monday, March 15, 2004 at 15:05



Ottawa has announced over 300-thousand dollars in funding to help residents of northwestern Saskatchewan find jobs in the oilsands sector in northern Alberta.


The money is coming from Western Economic Diversification under the Bridges to Employment program.


It’s on top of the 110-thousand dollars originally supplied by WD and 73-thousand dollars in provincial funding.


Under this project, residents of northwestern communities can register at 15 recruitment points across the region. Once applicants are registered in a database, the project manager interviews them and matches their skills with those required for jobs in the oil sands industry.


The original project, which has been operated by the North’s Oil Sands Sub-Committee, has connected 29 northern Saskatchewan residents with jobs in Alberta’s oil sands.


It’s anticipated the new funding will help the group place more than 50 people in the industry over the next two years.