A well-written article published on VICE Canada just hours ago goes into detail about how the Alberta economy and low oil prices have effected the men of Alberta over the course of the last two years.
It mentions that although the number of jobs created is more than the number of jobs lost, most of those jobs went to females. See the quote below:
Employment in Alberta has actually risen since the crash, but it’s women who have driven this increase, taking on 22,800 new positions in the province between September 2014 and December 2015. By contrast, 16,000 Albertan men lost their jobs in this same period, which is not entirely surprisingVICE Canada
The article then gets into the whole drug debacle happening in Fort McMurray and other parts of Alberta. It goes on to explain why men who only smoked marijuana, have then turned to harder drugs, simply to pass drug tests. See the quote below:
I’ve seen many people who came here as marijuana users become cocaine addicts, because you can very easily fail a drug test for marijuana even after weeks, but cocaine is generally out of your system quickly.VICE Canada
The article also goes into a bit of detail about what kind of effects are undergone to those who work in camp and out of town for long periods of time, including but not limited to little entertainment, partying, drug issues, and long periods away from family and loved ones. See the quote below:
Those employed in this industry often do so stationed for lengthy spells in camps hundreds of miles from what you or I might deem to comprise “humanity.” “Major sacrifices are made for long periods of time to make the coin,” Stacey says. “Many fathers don’t see their kids or wives for weeks on end, sometimes even eight months can go by before a guy can go home to his family.”VICE Canada