Site C workforce climbs to 3,300

Site C construction in July 2018. Image: BC Hydro

Employment on BC Hydro's Site C dam continues to grow, with 3,303 workers in July 2018.

That's up from 3,093 workers in June, according to the latest employment report released Thursday.

There were 705 Peace Region residents on site employed as construction and non-construction contractors, or roughly 21 per cent of the project’s total workforce.

Local workers make up 26 per cent of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 2,675 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.

There were a total of 2,625 workers, 79 per cent, from B.C. in construction and non-construction contractors, engineers and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reports three temporary foreign workers employed on the project in July, along with 93 apprentices, 255 First Nations people, and 424 women.

The bulk of the project's construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators, with roughly 750 employed on the project, an increase of more than 100 month over month. There were another 440 labourers and150 engineers.

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.

— Alaska Highway News