Working in the Industry
Workers from across Canada and around the globe have found rewarding careers in the oil and gas industry. The unique opportunities for on-the-job training, rapid career advancement and long-term careers have made the industry a very attractive option. People from a variety of backgrounds can find a career in oil and gas to suit their personal goals and professional ambitions.
What you may not know is that the industry is a lot more than just oil rigs. It’s hundreds of challenging positions in an industry that has an impact on everyone, every day. With jobs available for every skill set and at every education level, there really is something for everyone.
Alberta is the heart of Canada’s oil and gas industry. The oil sands are found in northern Alberta, and conventional oil and natural gas is spread throughout central and southern Alberta.
Northeastern British Columbia (B.C.) has natural gas and oil activity. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) activity in B.C. is growing as one LNG project is active (LNG Canada) and three are proposed (Kitimat LNG, Tilbury LNG and Woodfibre LNG).
Saskatchewan is Canada’s second largest producer of oil. Oil and gas are concentrated on the western border and in the south of the province.
Manitoba has oil in the Sinclair field, in the southwest corner of the province and although the industry is relatively small compared to other prairie regions, it is growing!
Ontario is where oil was first commercially produced in 1858 in Oil Springs. The province has almost 2,400 producing oil and gas wells, and its manufacturing sector is an important supplier for Canada’s oil and gas industry.
Quebec has significant natural gas along the southern part of the St. Lawrence River. Quebec’s manufacturing sector is also an important supplier to the oil sands sub-sector.
New Brunswick has a long history of producing both oil and natural gas.
Newfoundland and Labrador have four producing offshore oil projects – Hebron, Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose — as well as ongoing exploration activity.
Nova Scotia was the site of Canada’s first offshore natural gas discovery, south of Sable Island in 1971. There are currently two producing natural gas projects offshore – Sable Offshore Energy Project and Deep Panuke, as well as ongoing exploration activity.
Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) is where Canada’s first offshore well was drilled in 1943. There currently aren’t any offshore projects, activity is focused on exploration.
The northern Territories – Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut – are large, untapped resources of oil and natural gas – exploration and development are underway in the southern part of the Territories.
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