My grandfather was born in Nova Scotia. When his older brothers became of age, every summer they hopped on a train to Saskatchewan to work the harvest. Eventually, it was my grandfather's turn, and he headed to Saskatchewan as well.
One summer, working on a farm near Moose Jaw, he met my grandmother. They were married, and my father was born in Moose Jaw. Eventually, the family moved to British Columbia, and my father ended up going to school in Toronto.
So it's funny now that we have ended up back in Saskatchewan. In fact, out of all of my uncles, aunts, and cousins, we are the only ones!
I think people from the east should still be moving west. The maritime provinces have always hovered around 10% unemployment, while Saskatchewan sits between 3% to 4%. During harvest season, it's probably closer to 2%...which essentially means that anybody who wants to work is already doing so. I think that people in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland shouldn't be allowed to go on Employment Insurance (EI, here in Canada)...they should be given a one way ticket west for the whole family!
Unskilled? You can get a job here at the snap of your fingers. Almost every business in town has a "help wanted" sign up. Minimum wage is $10.20 an hour, but most businesses pay more than that in order to get people. You even find listings like this in the "help wanted" ads...
Need help unload truck on May 24 in aft for 2 - 3 hours - $30 per hour.
Housing is cheap. You easily rent for under $1,000 a month, and if you go to the smaller towns, it'll be cheaper than that. Want to build your own house? You can buy a 50' x 100' building lot in the town of Cabri for $2,500.
When we were driving across Canada in the fall of 2007, we drove through Swift Current. At the time, I said "why would anybody live here?" We laugh about that now!
Well, now we know why people live here. There's a real community spirit, and we see that every day here at the park. For the most part, the locals are friendly, and everybody helps out.
I still like the mountains better, but the prairies are growing on me. We're glad we made the decision to "go west"!
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