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Likely nowhere is this pinch being felt more than in the oil and gas rich areas of the country. World oil prices topped over $110 per barrel in 2011 and bounced along in $100-per-barrel territory for the next four years. This brought strength to the Canadian dollar and an unprecedented wave of development work in the oil and gas rich areas of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador. As the petrodollars flowed, so did the permits for new projects and all types of construction and development. With production costs for many oil and gas companies in the $20-per-barrel range, this newfound wealth brought thousands of new jobs and a huge demand for competent safety practitioners and professionals. With this demand came a positive response from universities educating more than 1,000 new safety practitioners over this period. Demand for safety practitioners seeking certification as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) soared too, with more than 1,500 people achieving their CRSP between 2011 and 2016. Salaries skyrocketed in response to this new and unprecedented demand for safety professionals. Competent safety consultants could demand and receive more than $1,600 per day plus expenses.

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