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Site C workforce steady over 5000

1,004 Peace region residents employed in August

More than 5,000 workers continued to work on the $16-billion Site C dam in August.

There were 5,396 workers in all that month, according to the latest labour stats from B.C. Hydro, down slightly from a record 5,414 workers counted on the project in July.

Of the total August workforce, about 19% of workers were local, with 1,004 Peace region residents employed by construction and non-construction contractors.

There were 3,571 B.C. residents, or 66% of the total workforce, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

B.C. Hydro reported 162 apprentices as well as 407 indigenous workers and 570 women working on the project in July.

There was one temporary foreign worker employed in a specialized position, and another 34 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

B.C. Hydro says not all workers were on site or in camp at one time.

Monthly 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 August, and who may have been on days off for other periods of time.

As of Sept. 29, there were 1,913 workers reported in camp on the Peace River just outside Fort St. John.

The dam is in its eighth eighth year of construction. Employment 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

  • July 2022 - 5,414 workers

  • August 2022 - 5,396 workers

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