There were 4,823 workers reported at Site C in October 2019, with new record highs set for indigenous and apprenticeship employment, according to the latest employment figures from BC Hydro.
The workforce grew slightly month over month from September, when 4,790 workers were counted.
Of the October workforce, 864 were Peace Region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, representing 18% of the project’s total workforce.
Locals make up 21% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 4,092 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.
There were a total of 3,637 workers from B.C., or 75%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.
BC Hydro reports 209 apprentices, 428 indigenous workers, and 510 women workers on the project.
There were 10 temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions, BC Hydro reported, and another 59 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program, it said.
The bulk of the project's construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators, with more than 700 employed in October. There were close to 650 carpenters and scaffolders employed, and more than 500 labourers and 400 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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