Site C sets third-straight workforce record in July

The workforce on the Site C dam continues its push toward 5,000 workers.

There were 4,797 workers counted on the project in July, up more than 100 from June, and up from the 3,300 workers counted in July 2018. It’s the third-straight month for a new workforce record, which began in May, when the workforce first climbed over 4,000.

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In July, there were 842 Peace region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, an increase of 13 month-over-month, and representing 17.5% of the project’s total workforce.

Locals make up 21% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 4,070 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were a total of 3,596 workers from B.C., or 75%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reports 204 apprentices, 377 indigenous people, and 570 women were working on the project in July. Those are also the highest numbers to date on the project.

There were eight temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions in June, BC Hydro reported, and another 61 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program, it said.

The bulk of the project's construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators, with 750 employed on the project. There were more than 550 labourers and just under 350 engineers tallied. There were close to 450 carpenters and scaffolders employed.

Workforce numbers are collected monthly from contractors, which are also required under contract to report on indigenous inclusion and women participation on the project.

The figures do not include indirect or induced employment, BC Hydro says, while figures are not broken down by full-time or part-time work.

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