Hotels and motels fill up quickly during busy times (e.g.
plant turnarounds, maintenance shutdowns). Reservations
Standard room, single occupancy ranges from $140 to
$300 per night (may not include room tax and GST). Visit Fort McMurray Tourism for more info.
Recreational vehicle park fees in the municipality range
from $15 to $29 per day. (may not include tax and GST). Cost
per day ranges from $25 to 50. Most serviced spots are $35 to $40 per night, or $1,000 to $1,200 per month. Prices range based on the time of the year and the services
provided. Length of stay is limited at recreational parks. Not all services (e.g. sewer) are available year-round. Serviced spots are not always avaiable. Visit Fort McMurray Tourism for more info.
According to the Regional
Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Census 2010,
there were 850 people living in hotels/motels in 2010
and 689 people living in campgrounds in the urban services area of Fort McMurray. These two groups
are part of the RMWB's temporary or “shadow”
population. Shadow population may include anyone who
is present in the community and has a residence elsewhere.
This person resides in the community for a minimum of
30 days or on a seasonal basis and is employed or has
been employed by an industrial or commercial establishment
in the municipality. The number of homeless people living
in Fort McMurray last year was 549, as recorded by the RMWB,
but many believe this is a low estimate.
Some jobs come with camp accommodations. These are usually
shift-work arrangements where workers work for two
weeks, and then leave for one week (or some combination
in and out). Generally it is the contractors hired
by the oilsands companies that provide camp housing to
especially during the construction phases and maintenance
Oilsands companies do provide camp housing
to some of their direct employees, but they are usually
as benefits and are given to positions that are hard
to fill. Camp positions are now harder to find with the slowdown in the economy.
According to the RMWB
Census 2010, there were over 23,000 people living in
work camps in 2010. The total population of Wood Buffalo
is over 104,000.
information on getting a job with camp accommodations,
view the October 2007 Wood Buffalo Labour
Market News (Jobs
and camp accommodations).
us, or visit one of the Fort McMurray employment
for a list of contractors that work in the RMWB.