​Site C workforce climbs to new high in September

Completed powerhouse buttress on the south bank of the Peace River, October 2018. Image: BC HYDRO

Employment on BC Hydro's Site C dam climbed to a new high of 3,746 workers in September 2018.

That's up from 3,561 workers in August, according to the latest employment report.

Local workers make up 24 per cent of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 3,145 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were a total of 2,974 workers, 79 per cent, from B.C. working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reports 145 apprentices, 280 First Nations people, and 484 women were working on the project in September.

There were six temporary foreign workers hired through labour market impact assessments and the temporary foreign worker program. There were 25 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 500 labourers and around 300 carpenters and scaffolders.

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.

The project first hit 3,000 workers in June 2018.

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