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Energy Mix

An oil sands worker who drilled his way into the geothermal industry is just one example of how the clean energy transition is creating new opportunities for the Canadian work force, now supported by the Sustainable Jobs Act.

Tyler Bleck said he started working in the oil sands for the money, then stayed because he liked the work and the camaraderie. But after seven seasons out west, he decided that spending five or six months a year away from his wife and kids wasn’t cutting it anymore, so he moved back, adapting his skills to similar work.

The Sustainable Jobs Act will facilitate workers’ transition into various sectors, but the move from oil to geothermal drilling is as straightforward as it gets. And the switch carries other benefits, Bleck said. Geothermal drilling is often done near cities and residential areas, so the work is more distributed across populated areas, rather than in remote locations. It gives workers the option of a more balanced work-life career—compared to the “feast or famine” work of oil drilling—offering them jobs near home without the burden of travelling away for months at a time.