VICTORIA — Premier Christy Clark says the low price of oil is an opportunity for British Columbia to bolster its needed pool of skilled workers.
She told a crowd attending the annual Truck Loggers Association convention in Victoria that skilled workers who left B.C. for Alberta’s oil patch should come back home.
Clark says B.C. needs the workers for its natural gas, mining and proposed liquefied natural gas industries.
The premier says the B.C. government is considering placing billboard advertisements at the airport in Fort McMurray, Alta., calling B.C. workers to return home for jobs.
She says despite falling oil prices, the government is still confident B.C. will have at least three LNG export plants in operation by 2020.
Oil prices have fallen 50 per cent since last summer amid a glut of supply and 40 per cent just since the end of November.