Canada Seeking US Veterans to Help Build Oil Pipeline

The VFW proudly announced this week that its partly owned veterans jobs board has secured an exclusive employment initiative with Alberta, Canada, that could see thousands of skilled U.S. veterans heading north to work on their oil pipeline.

“Though America’s Keystone Pipeline is delayed, the Canadians are moving forward on their side of the border and have an immediate need for tens of thousands of workers,” said Ted Daywalt, founder and CEO of VetJobs. There is an anticipated shortage of 114,000 workers in the Alberta area. The positions being offered are long term, with many paying as much as 30 percent more than similar industry positions in the United States.

Some positions will require a move to Canada, but many others will allow veterans to commute — working several weeks in Canada, then one week back home.

“This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m proud of our affiliation with VetJobs,” said VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer. “Helping thousands of veterans to get well-paying jobs in an important industry just further proves that no one does more for veterans than the VFW.”

To apply, go to www.vetjobs.com, click on Search Jobs, then type “opportunity awaits” into the company search field. Additional job postings will be added in the coming months as the Canadian pipeline project progresses. To read the VFW’s full statement on the announcement, click here: http://www.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/2012-Articles/CANADA-WANTS-U-S-VETERANS-FOR-PIPELINE-WORK/

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3 responses to “Canada Seeking US Veterans to Help Build Oil Pipeline

  1. The US has a labor surplus and US veterans have been particularly hard hit by the ongoing stagnant economy. Any jobs for unemployed American veterans, whether in or outside the US, must be welcome.

    I would like to caution US veterans that they will need to be careful regarding US tax law if they plan to work abroad, whether in Canada or elsewhere. In common only with a third-world country (Eritrea), the US taxes its citizens worldwide, irrespective of their residence. If a US citizen takes a job in Canada, he/she will need to file a Canadian tax return with Revenue Canada and also a US tax return with the IRS. Because Canadian income taxes are generally higher than US income taxes, the US citizen may pay little or no US tax on earnings made in Canada (either through an foreign income exclusion or through a foreign tax credit). The US tax return will likely be complex, mine is 70 pages long, and professional tax may be required, i.e., from a CPA. Expect to pay $500 to $1,000 for just the US tax filing, depending on complexity.

    If you open a bank account in Canada and the value exceeds $10,000 at any time, you will also need to file an annual FBAR with the US Treasury, which is separate from your 1040 tax filing. Penalties for non-compliance are severe with up to 50% of the highest bank balance per year for an unfiled FBAR. Your tax adviser can also prepare the FBAR for you, or you can do it yourself.

    Good luck in finding work on the Keystone project and thank you VFWLady for posting this opportunity!

      • Wonderfully articulated information. This information stands “hands above” employment information ordinarily displayed online. this is worth pursuing! Especially in Alaska!

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