Site C workforce at 4,650 in November

There were 4,650 workers reported at Site C in November 2019, according to the latest employment figures from BC Hydro.

The workforce was down slightly month over month from October, when 4,823 workers were counted.

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Of the November workforce, 771 were Peace region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, down by nearly 100 month-to-month, and less than one-quarter of the project’s total workforce.

Locals make up 20% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 3,903 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were a total of 3,445 workers from B.C., or 74%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reports 162 apprentices, 376 indigenous workers, and 466 women workers on the project.

There were 11 temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions, BC Hydro reported, and another 59 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 nearly 700 employed in November. There were close to 600 carpenters and scaffolders employed, and more than 500 labourers and 400 engineers tallied.

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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