Site C workforce drops to 3,107 in December

Employment on BC Hydro's Site C dam dropped to 3,107 workers in December 2018, down from 3,463 workers in November, according to the latest employment report.

There were 628 Peace Region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, or 20% of the project’s total workforce. 

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Local workers make up 25% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 2,510 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were a total of 2,418 workers, or 78%, from B.C. working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

The dam's workforce numbers have been dropping from a 2018 peak of 3,746 workers in September due to seasonal layoffs. The project had started the year with 1,743 workers in January.

BC Hydro reports 121 apprentices, 253 indigenous people, and 364 women were working on the project in December.

The number of international workers was not available before deadline and will be published in January, BC Hydro says.

The bulk of the project's construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators, with more than 500 employed on the project. There were more than 300 labourers and more than 300 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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