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By Region

The employment demographics of each region in Canada indicate an overall growth since the late 1990s. The number of oil wells in western Canada has grown immensely. In 1970, there were 16,821 oil wells in operation. By 1998, 51,262 wells were operating with half of them in Alberta. In Fort McMurray alone, the population had increased by 12 percent from 2000 to 2002. This was due to exploration and development of the oil sands.

Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Nova Scotia both have increased their employment levels due to the recent developments in crude oil and natural gas production. Over the next two decades, between 25,000 and 90,000 new jobs will be created in Nova Scotia due to this growth. For Newfoundland, the Hibernia Project has greatly increased employment. It added 3,100 new jobs to the economy and reduced unemployment by 1.6 percent.

 

 

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