Site C workforce grew by 229 in May

The Site C workforce grew by 229 in May, but remained subdued by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

BC Hydro reported 3,258 workers for the month, which it said continued to reflect a ramp down of construction activities at the site in March. The workforce was slashed by nearly 2,000 in April, when 3,029 workers were reported, and as a significant portion of work was halted, including on the powerhouse and spillways.

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Of the May workforce, around 19% was local, with 608 Peace region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, up 95 month-over-month.

Locals made up 24% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 2,522 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were 2,319 B.C. workers, or 71%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reported 61 apprentices for the month, no change from April, as well as 189 indigenous workers (+31), and 343 women workers (+37) on the project.

There were three temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions (-2), and another 49 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program (no change).

Of the May workforce, around 43% were heavy equipment operators (525), engineers (350), labourers (300), and other professionals, technicians, and office staff (225).

There were another 125 carpenters and scaffolders, 125 electricians, and 100 construction managers and supervisors reported.

There were less than 100 workers reported in various other trades, including cement masons, construction and environmental inspectors, crane operators, mechanics, millwrights, pipe fitters, and welders.

There were roughly 25 healthcare workers reported.

As of July 7, there were 1,343 reported at the work camp outside Fort St. John. There are no workers in self-isolation, and BC Hydro says it has not been notified of any confirmed COVID-19 cases at the dam site.

Workforce numbers are collected monthly from contractors, and BC Hydro has said construction will be ramping back up into the summer.

Read the employment report in full by clicking here

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

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