Lure of jobs in Alberta not likely enough to get workers to stay: StatsCan

CALGARY – A Statistics Canada study suggests the lure of jobs in Alberta’s energy sector probably isn’t enough to convince out-of-province workers to make a permanent move.

The study found there were plenty of people moving to Alberta between 2004 and 2009.

But figures showed that only one in four people coming for jobs decided to make Alberta their primary residence.

They still listed their home province on their tax returns.

About three-quarters of the job-seekers were men from British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Atlantic Canada, and half of those were employed in construction and oil and gas extraction.

Out-of-province workers accounted for 133,000 of Alberta’s workforce in the peak year of 2008.