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Site C workforce climbs above 5,100 in July

Dam workforce up more than 460 workers from last July
Construction at the spillway headworks east low-level outlet gate, July 2021. The spillway will allow the passage of large volumes of water from the reservoir into the river channel downstream.

Employment on the Site C dam pushed to near-record levels in July, according to the latest figures from BC Hydro.

There were 5,108 workers reported, up 62 jobs from June, and year-over-year the dam’s workforce is up more than 460 workers from last July. The dam set a record workforce count of 5,181 workers in October 2020.

As of Friday, Sept. 3, there were 1,532 workers reported at camp, including eight in self-isolation at camp, and 21 workers isolating at home. There are 13 active COVID-19 cases among the workforce, and BC Hydro has reported 172 COVID cases among workers since the start of this year, and 202 since the start of the pandemic last March. 

Of the total July 2021 workforce, one in five workers remained local, with 1,054 Peace region residents employed by construction and non-construction contractors, up 16 month over month.

There were 3,578 B.C. workers, or 70%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

Heavy equipment operators, labourers, engineers, and carpenters and scaffolders accounted for around 2,350 workers and nearly half of the workforce for the month. There were about 700 construction managers, supervisors, and other professionals, technicians, and office staff reported for the month.

There were roughly 100 workers in other various trades reported, including biologists and laboratory workers, boilermakers, cement masons, housing staff, and kitchen staff, and surveyors.

BC Hydro reported 189 apprentices for the month, up 13 from June, as well as 393 indigenous workers (+18), and 530 women (-2) 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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