The most common employment opportunities that are available for veterans at Fort McMurray are those in oil and pipeline work, although the area also has construction work available. One way veterans in Canada can find jobs that give priority in hiring to veterans is the country's Hire a Veteran program. Information on the program and participating companies is available on Veterans.gc.ca, as of 2015.
Oil is the largest industry in Fort McMurray because the area serves as a hub for Canada's oil production. Due to retirements and a low birth rate, the Fort McMurray and Alberta areas have labor shortages. In 2012, the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation even cooperated with a job placement agency for American veterans to bring those veterans to job fairs in Alberta.
To view information on Canada's Hire a Veteran program, visit the Veterans.gc.ca home page, select a language and then click VAC Services. On the drop-down menu that appears, click Transition to Civilian Life. On the next drop-down menu, click Hire a Veteran. The page provides information on the program and news released related to companies that participate in the program.
Click Veterans Seeking Employment for information on finding a job and to access an online job bank. The page also provides a phone number to call for any questions.