Site C workforce drops to 3,463 in November

Employment on BC Hydro's Site C dam dropped to 3,463 workers in November 2018, down from 3,681 workers in October, according to the latest employment report.  

There were 660 Peace Region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, or 19% of the project’s total workforce.

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Local workers make up 23 per cent of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 2,845 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were a total of 2,727 workers, 79%, from B.C. working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

Site C employment statistics, November 2018. BC Hydro

BC Hydro reports 107 apprentices, 254 First Nations people, and 423 women were working on the project in November.
There were six temporary foreign workers hired through labour market impact assessments and the temporary foreign worker program. There were 24 managers and other professionals working for contractors on the project hired through the federal international mobility program, which does not require a labour market assessment.

The bulk of the project's construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators, with around 650 employed on the project. There were 375 labourers and nearly 300 engineers, 250 carpenters and scaffolders, and 300 other professionals, technicians, and office staff.

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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