There were 4,330 workers reported at Site C in December 2019, according to the latest employment figures from BC Hydro.
The workforce was down month over month from November due to seasonal layoffs, when 4,650 workers were counted.
Of the December workforce, 689 were Peace region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, down from 771 workers month-to-month, and less than one-quarter of the project’s total workforce.
Locals make up 19% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 3,582 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.
There were a total of 3,197 workers from B.C., or 74%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.
BC Hydro reports 158 apprentices, 336 indigenous workers, and 433 women workers on the project.
There were nine temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions, BC Hydro reported, and another 58 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program, it said.
A large portion of the project's construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators (500), carpenters and scaffolders (550), and labourers (550). There were another 400 engineers tallied, and just over 200 construction managers and supervisors.
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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