It's a litlle off topic but the only way for me to get some info.
I'am thinking about to go and live in Canada, there was an ad in some
magazine i got from my employer. They're searching truckdrivers in Canada(
New Brunswick). Since my profession is turning the bigwheels iám getting
curious abou this. Can somebody from Canada get me some more info about
working there and about the living conditions, like unemploymend rates,
housing, living expences, and gas prices etc,etc.
I've heard there's a points system for deciding who te let in and who not.
Any info on this?
'88 K1500 4X4
Well, unless you get some sort of iron clad guarantee that you will
stay working, I'd stay away from the Maritimes. I'm not sure if the
employment situation has changed much lately, but it's always been
fairly high un-employment down that end of Canada. Unless you
don't mind living on welfare for half the year.
If you want to work in a province that has had and probably will
continue to have a fairly booming economy, I'd suggest Alberta.
Of course, I'm biased, as I've lived here for over 20 years. The
questions that you asked above about living conditions, housing
etc.....that will change from province to province. I believe that
we are around the 5% un-employment rate here in Alberta,
housing...average detached house price is around the 200,000
dollar mark, gas prices are around 70-75 cents a litre. Cost
of living is pretty similar to any other large city. (large in Canada,
I might add)
> I've heard there's a points system for deciding who te let in and who
I don't know anything about this, but I sure hope they start cracking down
on who they let in. Maybe check with your Canadian embassy and see
if you can get any info that way.
thanks for your reaction. This agency who is "recruiting" truckers says that
we get a contract with a transportation company. I asked them to about some
info, but with the holydays and all it will take a few days more to get
some. Theye say that last year 28 familys got a new place to live and work
in Canada and that they're still searching around 40.000 truckdrivers. Since
the law says that youcannot drive a rig unless you're 21 or so, and a lot of
the older truckers are retiring.(funny word when you think about it, lol)
I'le try to find out and maybe let you now what's new.
'88 K1500 4X4
I agree with Ian, about living in Alberta (Calgary to be specific) I've been
here 11 years, It's hard to beat the economy and availiability of jobs in
Calgary. I see Class 1 drivers wanted adds in the local news paper
regularly. There are many trucking companies based here or at least have a
large facility and yard within the city. I cannot vouch for living in the
maritimes (East Coast, Canada) as I've never been there, but I can say there
are lots of easterners in Calgary, because they can't get jobs back home.
I have a good friend (Reinier Paauwe) that was born in Holland, he has
landed immigrant status in Canada now.
I will say that I do like the Maritimers.....excellent people with
a great sense of humor...and fairly good natured. Gotta love
their accents...too. We just hired a tech from Nova Scotia ( or
somewhere down there) and so far he's enjoying himself. Goes
out to Waiparous (sp?) every weekend with his Jeep. Another
apprentice who works beside me threw a lift kit in his old piece
of shit Cherokee, went out 4x4ing for the weekend, and promptly
blew up one of the pinion gears in his differential. Fortunately, he
managed to get towed out of there in one piece. More money
then brains.....these guys.
What do you do for work in Calgary?
I'm an apprentice HET at an industrial diesel engine rebuild shop off of
Barlow Tr. in the SE. Gotta love the OHV areas, Waiprous and McLean creek.
I've been known to tour the foothills myself every now and again.........
I'm only talking about work, employment....etc. Hell, you
should see all the Maritimers down here! When I ask
them why they are here, they reply "work". They love
the Maritimes, but can't make a living there.
Alberta ain't heaven, but at least you can find
work here. That was really my only point to
the original poster. Didn't mean to slag the
I second that as well. They come in droves to work the rigs and such till
they make enough to go home. They stay there till they're broke, then come
back here to do it all again. I'm not guessing at that or making
assumptions, I've been told that by more than one eastcoaster that I've
talked to. One's just gone back to Sussex, NB and another to Wentworth
Valley, NS. It's strictly a work thing, they love their land but make $$$
Worked steady for 39 years at a great job. So do lots of people in the
I don't think that most of the people going to Alberta for jobs couldn't get
jobs here. Perhaps they thought the grass was greener. :-)
an Atlantic Canadian.
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