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Site C workforce dips to 4,633 heading into winter

1,421 workers in camp as of Monday
Aerial view of the Site C dam site on the Peace River, October 2021.

The workforce at Site C dam was at 4,633 in October, according to the latest employment figures from BC Hydro.

The jobs count was down 330 workers from September, and down from a record-high of 5,181 workers on the project last October.

As of Monday, Dec. 6, there were 1,421 workers in camp, including seven in self-isolation, and three other workers isolating at home due to COVID-19. There is one active COVID-19 case among the workforce.

Of the total October 2021 workforce, one in five workers remained local, with 984 Peace region residents employed by construction and non-construction contractors, down 47 month over month.

There were 3,259 B.C. residents, or 70% of the workforce, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs, according to the report.

BC Hydro reported 168 apprentices for the month, down from 183 in September, as well as 384 indigenous workers (-6), and 495 women (+2) working on the project.

There was one temporary foreign worker employed in a specialized position, BC Hydro said, and another 36 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

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