Site C workforce at 4,359 to start 2020

The workforce at Site C held steady to start 2020, with 4,359 workers reported, according to the latest employment figures from BC Hydro. That's up 29 workers from the end of 2019.

Of the January workforce, 676 were Peace region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, down from 689 workers month-to-month, and around 15% of the project’s total workforce.

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Locals make up 19% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 3,613 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were a total of 3,198 workers from B.C., or 73%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs. BC Hydro reported 165 apprentices, 335 indigenous workers, and 423 women workers on the project.

There were 10 temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions, and another 54 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

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.

View the employment report in full by clicking here.

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