Primary Production Labourers

Landscapers and grounds maintenance labourers perform manual labour to assist in the construction and maintenance of lawns, gardens, athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, parks and campgrounds. Mine labourers carry out a variety of general labouring duties to assist in the extraction of diamonds and other precious metals, gems, ores and other services in support of underground and open pit mining and are generally employed by mining companies. Labourers in oil and gas drilling and servicing carry out a variety of general labouring duties and operate equipment to assist in the drilling and servicing of oil and gas wells.


  • High school diploma.
  • WHMIS and pre-employment safety training may be required.
  • Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG).
  • Oil and gas workers may require petroleum industry training service (PITS) training.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will continue to be impacted by natural resource development in the NWT. As a result there will be high employment levels during these projects. Most of these jobs will be medium-term, and fall slightly over the long term.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 2.8% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 64.2% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 10.8% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 25.6% live in other communities. About 96.0% are employed in the Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction industry and 2.3% in the Public Administration sector.