Site C workforce at 4,896 in March

The workforce on Site C grew by more than 100 in March, with 4,896 reported, according to the latest employment figures from BC Hydro.

However, BC Hydro says the count is a total employment number and a calculation of all workers who worked during the month. The March numbers do not reflect work being scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nor a reduction in clearing activities, BC Hydro said, noting those will be reflected in April's employment report.

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Workforce numbers are collected monthly from contractors, and the COVID pandemic has slowed or stopped a significant amount of work, including the powerhouse and spillways. BC Hydro has focused work on its river diversion system to meet a September deadline; Highway 29 clearing and road realignment, and transmission line construction continues.

As of May 4, there were 827 workers reported at camp, with no workers reported in self-isolation.

Of the March workforce, around 15% was local, with 751 Peace region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors.

Locals made up 18% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 4,123 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were 3,454 B.C. workers, or 71%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reported 205 apprentices, 353 indigenous workers, and 461 women workers on the project. There were six temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions, and another 55 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

Of the workforce, nearly 40% were labourers (650), heavy equipment operators (625), and carpenters and scaffolders (600).

There were another 425 engineers, and 225 construction managers and supervisors reported. There were less than 100 workers reported in various other trades, including boilermakers, environmental inspectors, crane operators, electricians, mechanics, millwrights, pipe fitters, and welders. There were roughly 50 healthcare workers reported.

View the employment report in full by clicking here

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

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