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    :: Monday, March 13, 2006 ::

    Paving the road ahead - By Gary Lamphier, Edmonton Journal, page 2
    With $45 billion worth of oilsands construction on the agenda between 2005 and 2010, Glennon says the number of construction workers needed in the Fort McMurray region alone will swell to 26,000, up from 10,000 to 12,000 now. On the operations side, the workforce will swell to 9,000 from just 6,000 to 7,000 today, he adds.

    "It (the labour shortage) is a significant challenge for all industries, not just oil and gas," says Greg Stringham, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

    In response, companies are adopting a wide range of strategies. Canadian Natural Resources built its own airstrip, and is flying in thousands of workers directly from around the country to work on its Horizon oilsands project.

    Producers are also actively recruiting workers in regions where forestry and manufacturing jobs are being lost, such as B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario.
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