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Site C workforce topped 5,000 in June

1,580 workers reported at camp Wednesday
Workers inspect the roller-compacted concrete at the Site C dam and core buttress after the formwork is removed, June 2021.

Employment on the Site C dam pushed back above 5,000 workers in June, according to the latest figures from BC Hydro.

There were 5,046 workers reported, up 178 jobs from May. The last time the workforce topped 5,000 was in October 2020, when a record 5,181 workers were reported.

Year-over-year, the dam’s workforce was up more than 700 workers from last June, as construction began to ramp-up after a pandemic-induced slow down.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 4, there were 1,580 workers reported at camp, including three in self-isolation at camp, and five workers isolating at home.

There is one active case among the workforce, according to BC Hydro, which has reported 99 COVID cases among Site C workers since the start of this year, and 129 since the start of the pandemic last March. 

Of the total June 2021 workforce, about 1 in 5 workers remained local, with 1,038 Peace region residents employed by construction and non-construction contractors, up 49 month over month.

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There were 3,573 B.C. workers, or 71%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

Heavy equipment operators, labourers, engineers, and carpenters and scaffolders accounted for around 2,300 workers and nearly half of the workforce for the month.

There were about 660 construction managers, supervisors, and other professionals, technicians, and office staff reported for the month.

There were roughly 100 workers in other various trades reported, including biologists and laboratory workers, boilermakers, cement masons, housing staff, and kitchen staff,

BC Hydro reported 176 apprentices for the month, up 8 from May, as well as 375 indigenous workers (+3), and 532 women (+32) working on the project.

There was one temporary foreign worker employed in a specialized position, BC Hydro said, and another 34 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

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