Site C employment near 5,000 in September

A record 4,944 workers were employed on the Site C dam project in September, BC Hydro says.

Employment figures released Wednesday show the workforce grew by 140 from August, and now 1,915 workers since a drop at the start of the pandemic.

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The dam workforce last peaked at 4,896 in March before a significant portion of construction was suspended due to COVID-19. The workforce dropped by nearly 2,000 in April as work stopped on the powerhouse and spillways.

As of Nov. 4, there were 1,530 workers reported at the camp outside Fort St. John, including two in self-isolation.

Of the September workforce, one-fifth was local, with a record high 1,006 Peace region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors.

Locals made up 24% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 4,214 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were 3,547 B.C. workers, or 72%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reported 194 apprentices for the month, as well as 359 indigenous and 525 women workers on the project.

There were two temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions, BC Hydro said, and another 48 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

[Eds. Note: Article updated to note the 1,006 local workers reported in September also is the highest number of local workers on the project to date.]

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