About PetroLMI

The Petroleum Labour Market Information (PetroLMI) Division of Energy Safety Canada is your source for labour market information and trends in Canada's energy industry.

The oil and gas industry is undergoing a structural shift due to lower oil and gas prices, which has resulted in a contraction in employment, reduced spending and a focus on productivity. Amid these economic and market changes, the industry is pursuing solutions to address an aging workforce, technological innovation and increasing competition for talent.

PetroLMI's mandate is to collaborate with industry, government, educators and training agencies to support and advance the development of a sustainable, skilled and productive workforce in the upstream and midstream sectors. PetroLMI specializes in providing petroleum labour market data and insights, as well as occupational tools and other resources for workforce and career planning.

About Careers in Oil + Gas

In response to a strong need for a credible and comprehensive source of Canadian petroleum industry career information, the PetroLMI Division of Energy Safety Canada created the Careers in Oil + Gas website. The Careers in Oil + Gas website provides information on the many career options and various aspects of working within the Canadian petroleum industry. More specifically, the website:
  • Provides an overview of the Canadian oil and gas industry.
  • Describes what it's like to work in the industry.
  • Details the many career options available within the industry.
  • Explores and compares the qualifications, skills, training and behaviours needed for hundreds of careers in the oil and gas industry.
  • Explains how industry works closely with local communities and maintains an ongoing, strict focus on safety and the environment.

The site launched in November 2007. The development of the site was directed and funded by key stakeholders and is the result of the work and collaboration of eight key partners:

The petroleum industry works hard for Canadians. It provides the fuel that keeps everyone moving on land, on sea and in the air. It provides warmth in the winter and cooling in the summer. It provides the medical, safety, sports, entertainment, household and personal products used every day.
The industry also provides enormous benefits for the Canadian economy, by paying royalties, fees and taxes, and by directly and indirectly employing over 540,000 Canadians every year, who live, work, pay taxes and support the businesses and services in communities across the country.
Here are a few economic fast facts:
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of natural gas and has the third largest proven oil reserve.

  • In 2014, natural gas provided $13.3 billion in export revenue to producers.

  • Accounts for more than 174,000 direct and 486,000 indirect jobs across Canada. Check out our latest labour market information to see where the greatest demand is.

  • Canada’s crude oil and gas industry is the largest private sector investor in the country, investing $36 billion in 2016, down from a peak of $81 billion in 2014.

  • On average, from 2013 to 2015, the petroleum industry contributed $15 billion to government revenues in the form of royalty payments, land payments (bonus payments) and corporate and municipal taxes.

  • Canada produces 25% of North America's crude oil and natural gas but only consumes 12%. Most of the production is sold to US markets. Crude oil and natural gas account for 80% of Canada's trade surplus and almost 15% of total exports.