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As a tradesman I left Ontario for Alberta a year ago – and my wages doubled overnight

"I came out here as a short term arrangement, put a few bucks away and pay the bills back home," says Joe Greps. "I will never be back."


April 4, 2014
By Steve Payne
Steve Payne

There’s been a lot of talk on our site lately from Eastern contractors thinking about moving West.

Alberta is going to lead the country in construction job creation for another 10 years. (Well, so the “experts” say.)

One of our regular readers, Joe Greps, made the move to Alberta from Ontario last year –  and this is what he has to say about it…

“To my peers I can say only this, as a tradesman I left for Alberta a year ago – and my wages doubled overnight. I don’t worry about layoffs and shortages of work anymore. There seems to be a much better balance between public and private sector workers and I don’t feel like the the second class citizen I was in Ontario.”

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Gas is cheaper, GST is 5%, my standard of living has doubled, my occupation is valued and respected.

I came out here as a short term arrangement, put a few bucks away and pay the bills back home.

I will never be back.”