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Record 5,414 Site C workers

Work on the $16-billion hydroelectric project two-thirds complete
Construction on the Site C penstocks.

It was a second-straight month of record employment on the Site C dam in July.

BC Hydro reports 5,414 workers for the month, up from the record 5,209 workers counted in June.

The $16-billion project entered its eighth year of construction this summer.

Of July’s workforce, about one in five workers remained local, with 1,017 Peace region residents employed by construction and non-construction contractors. That's up 66 workers from the 951 locals reported in June.

There were 3,647 B.C. residents, or 67% of the workforce, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs, up 140 month-over-month.

BC Hydro reported 163 apprentices as well as 412 indigenous workers and 570  working on the project in July.

There was one temporary foreign worker employed in a specialized position, BC Hydro said, and another 31 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

Monthly workforce numbers include those working off the dam site area, working from home, and others who may have been on site at any one time in July, and who may have been on days off for other periods of time. Not all were on site or in camp at one time, BC Hydro says.

As of Sept. 2, there were 1,832 workers reported in camp on the Peace River just outside Fort St. John.

Employment on Site C first surpassed the 5,000-mark in October 2020 when 5,181 workers were reported.

The project workforce has surpassed that mark several times since:

  • June 2021 - 5,046 workers

  • July 2021 - 5,108 workers

  • August 2021 - 5,087 workers

  • May 2022 - 5,060 workers 

  • June 2022 - 5,209 workers

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