Employment on BC Hydro's Site C dam saw a slight increase to 3,186 workers in January 2019, up 79 from the end of 2018, according to the latest employment report.
There were 697 Peace Region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, or 22% of the project’s total workforce.
Local workers make up 27% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 2,579 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.
There were a total of 2,479 workers, or 78%, from B.C. working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.
BC Hydro reports 102 apprentices, 293 indigenous people, and 381 women were working on the project in January.
The bulk of the project's construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators, with roughly 475 employed on the project. There were 350 labourers and 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.
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