Site C workforce drops under 3,700 in October

Employment on BC Hydro's Site C dam dropped to 3,681 workers in October 2018. That's down from 3,746 workers in September, according to the latest employment report.  

There were 729 Peace Region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, or 20 per cent of the project’s total workforce.

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Local workers make up 24 per cent of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 3,085 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were a total of 2,944 workers, 80 per cent, from B.C. working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reports 167 apprentices, 270 First Nations people, and 458 women were working on the project in October. 

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 725 employed on the project. There were just under 450 labourers and around 300 engineers, 300 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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