Site C workforce climbs to 3,500

Employment on BC Hydro's Site C dam continues to grow, with 3,561 workers in August 2018.

That's up from 3,303 workers in July, according to the latest employment report released Wednesday.

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There were 757 Peace Region residents on site employed as construction and non-construction contractors, or roughly 21 per cent of the project’s total workforce.

Local workers make up 26 per cent of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 2,911 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were a total of 2,856 workers, 80 per cent, from B.C. in construction and non-construction contractors, engineers and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reports six temporary foreign workers employed on the project in July, along with 132 apprentices, 297 First Nations people, and 464 women.

The bulk of the project's construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators, with just over 700 employed on the project. There were another 440 labourers and 250 carpenters and scaffolders.

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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