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4,963 working on Site C in September

The headcount at the Site C dam dipped below 5,000 in September, according to the latest employment figures from BC Hydro.
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Crews in the dam core trench are busy placing till, filters and aggregates, September 2021.

The headcount at the Site C dam dipped below 5,000 in September, according to the latest employment figures from BC Hydro.

There were 4,963 workers reported, down 124 jobs from August, but year-over-year the dam’s workforce is up by 19 workers from last September.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 2, there were 1,508 workers reported at camp, including 21 in self-isolation at camp, and 22 workers isolating at home due to COVID-19. There are 14 active COVID-19 cases among the workforce.


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Site C dam employment trends, September 2020 to September 2021. (BC Hydro)

Of the total September 2021 workforce, one in five workers remained local, with 1,031 Peace region residents employed by construction and non-construction contractors, down 19 month over month.

There were 3,448 B.C. workers, or 69%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reported 183 apprentices for the month, down from 197 in August, as well as 390 indigenous workers (-3), and 493 women (-24) working on the project.

There was one temporary foreign worker employed in a specialized position, BC Hydro said, and another 40 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.


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Site C dam employment, by job category, September 2021. (BC Hydro)

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