Calgary Dopers

Basically I am contemplating moving to Calgary sometime in the future, within a year at most.

On searching for anything Calgary related on the board , I came across this thread.

Calgary job market

So to start off, is this thread essentially still current, gotten worse , better ?

I cant, really think of anything to specifically ask right now , just wading through various online resources to get a scope of what Calgary might have to offer me, but is there anything you would recomend that I do not do.

Thanks for any replies


Essentially yes. I talk with recruiters periodically and there is virtually no industry that isn’t hurting for workers. It’s a trickle down effect from oil, but business in general is great in this city.

Well. that thread’s only a month old, so it can’t have changed that much.

I’ll be graduating in 6 weeks and entering the “real” job market too. Yay us! :slight_smile:

LOL, i was looking for the originating date, did not want to resurrect a three year old thread.

Good luck in your graduatio


Yep - no real changes here. Job market still madness, employers can’t ever seem to find enough good help, traffic and transit still suck…the usual :slight_smile:
What business/trade/industry are you in?

The job market is nuts.

Housing is equally nuts.

Traffic - nuts.

In contrast to what The Lady says, I think Calgary Transit is fine.

Ah - I live in a relatively new area (Cougar Ridge). For me, transit sucks.

Ah. I see. Well, if you can actually afford to get a place along a major transit route, it’s not so bad. :slight_smile:

I drove downtown for the first time in a while this morning to drop off a friend and I was going down 9th St. the wrong way :smack: not 5 min. later. If I get a job downtown I’m getting a bus pass.

Yep - the job market & wages are nuts right now, but there is also a less bright spot here.

Rents are high, housing prices are insane - there is little to no vacancy and whatever more you make in the boom will probably only cover the higher cost of living due to driving from a burb that is an hour or more from your job, or higher inner city rents.

Edmonton’s job market is doing nearly as well and it is more affordable to live there, but then you’d have to live in Edmonton (jk).

Renting isn’t too bad, compared to other big cities. It helps that there are LOTS of people who bought houses expecting to rent them out in the last year or so. I’ve got a big new bedroom in Edgemont, nice area (except some punk slashed the tires on my bike last night :mad: ) and fairly close for $300 all included.

Driving downtown isn’t too bad, if you just remember that the avenues are alternate one-ways. Transit in the close-in parts are awesome. Calgary has a thriving job market, a vibrant nightlife and a varied cultural scene. I miss it terribly.

I moved here in September, and I’ve had three job interviews since then. And I have also had three job offers. The first was for Wal Mart, starting at $10.00 an hour. I just interviewed for two warehouse jobs, both at $13.25 an hour, and I’m starting in a weeks time. The city of Calgary is currently hiring for clerical type jobs starting at $18.00 an hour, though I’m not sure how easy it is to get those positions.

If you are don’t mind waiting tables, you can make a killing. One restaurant in town was offering a $500.00 signing bonus for people who were hired part time and stayed three months. If you were hired full time and stayed three months you got the $500.00 plus a trip to Mexico. So yeah, the job market here is crazy.

I’m lucky, because I’m sharing a four bedroom duplex with two other people and my rent is only $330 a month plus utilities. We’re getting a hell of a deal. Everything else that I have seen is way more expensive, and you have very little choice as to where you move and what you move into. It basically boils down to what is available in your price range, which is never much. And once you find a place, any place, you really have to snap it up right away, as it will not be on the market long.

Other than that, Calgary is a nice place to live. The weather is great (as soon as it stops snowing), and it has some of the best bike trails that I have ever seen. The downtown core is pretty nice too. I still look like a hick when I go down there as I crane my neck up and stare.

I never realized that there were so many Calgary dopers. We should have a get together sometime.

We really should - it’s about time again, especially with the incredibly nice weather.

Calgary’s job market is still very weird. Like I mentioned in the other thread, employers are crying for workers, but they still don’t seem to get that it’s an employee’s market now, and they’re going to have to start giving something back. I’ll go out on a limb and make a blanket statement; if you’re unemployed in Calgary, you’re either not looking, or you’re in a specialized profession.

Things I love about Calgary:

  • The weather. Mild winters, mild summers, cool nights so you can sleep.
  • Virtually no bugs.
  • No rats.
  • No earthquakes, floods (except the river valleys), hurricanes, tsunamis or volcanoes.
  • Very close to the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
  • Good economy, that hopefully has learned from the last oil crash.

Things I don’t love about Calgary:

  • No nearby lakes. You can swim in mountain lakes, but they never get warm enough for anything but a polar bear dip.
  • The traffic, and the way the city is perpetually about 10 years behind in its GO plan (yes, I know, it’s not as bad as Vancouver or Toronto. That doesn’t make it good.)
  • Housing costs. We were lucky to have bought a house when we did, but now we can’t sell it and move because we can’t afford anything else. Talk about your mixed blessings.
  • The extremely laissez faire attitude towards the evils of urban sprawl. Actually, that can get lumped in with the traffic problems, too, as everyone practically has to drive because the city is so physically big and the transit system doesn’t cover all the new sprawl.
  • Healthcare. For a city of nearly a million people, we have a healthcare system that can probably well-serve about half a million (as a wild-ass guess). You can imagine what that does to wait times, finding a family doctor, getting in to see said doctor, etc. You can see any specialist/have any surgery you want here; just get comfortable with the idea of waiting 6 months or so.

Well, it’s the economy, you see… :stuck_out_tongue:

Right now , auto industry , making brake pedals for cars in a tier three company, but my resume is pretty much all over the place, except for the service industry.

So , is there any place like monster dot ca , or what ever that i can fire off my resume to , to see if I get any bites, or is it pretty much pounding the pavement, want ads in hand.

Same for floppage, I was looking in one online site for accomodations, but that seemed like it just covered a teensy bit

One last thing , would it be worthwhile to renew my welding ticket , in Ontario, or would it be better to have it redone in Calgary ?

I do mig, tig and stick, so coming from an area thats geared towards iron working, in Ontario, as opposed to Pipe fittiing, i am curious as to how that might be worthwhile.



Let me guess, you are female, over forty, and recently divorced?.. ‘Cougar’ Ridge. Get it! :smiley: :dubious: :rolleyes:

Last I heard unemployment rate was something like 3.6%. Full employment is considered around 3%. I heard that we not only can’t get skilled workers, but now it is hard to find unskilled workers. My neighbour, who just moved in last month, is from the north part of England. His new company moved him and his family from the UK to Calgary to, you won’t believe it, drive trucks! With the current price of oil and having the largest reserves in the world, it isn’t likely to stop anytime soon (assuming the Feds don’t try another resource grab like the NEP, of course).
Yep, Calgary and Alberta is booming.

Female, yes.
Even worse, the newest parts of the neighbourhood are all “Cougartown”

featherlou hit it right on the head with her pros and cons list - I can’t think of a thing to add.


declan, you can weld? Holy moley, can you ever make money around here with a welding ticket. Never mind here - go to the oil patch in Fort MacMurray and weld for $100 an hour. Seriously. Of course, you’ll need to buy a trailer to live in first, because there’s no housing left there, but anyway…But yeah, anything construction-related is desperately in demand here at the moment.

Can’t disagree with featherlou’s assessment. I don’t drive, so I deal with the buses all the time. If you want to go anywhere that is established you can get there fairly easily, but further out is nigh impossible, or at the very least takes awhile. Learning to drive is pretty high on my list of what next, especially since I’ll have to wait to get my license.

Right now I’m doing temp work (getting my feet wet in office work. I signed up on a Thursday and got a call the next day to start a job Monday.) and I’m in one of the industrial areas for the next few weeks. I’ve been paying attention as we go by the buildings and nearly everyone has big signs out looking for warehouse people. I even saw a sign today on the KFC on my way home, saying they’ll pay 9.50 an hour.

Fort Mac is crazy for living expenses. My Dad figured it was cheaper for him to buy a fifth wheel, rent a bit of land to put it on and pay for insurance, water and gas for it than it was for him to rent an apartment. My brother works up that way too, but his boss owns a house for his employees to live there. You could make quite a bit as a welder.

Maybe check out the places offering welding here, it might just be better to get it done in Ontario. I don’t know how full those courses are.