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Health orders subdue Site C job numbers in January

One-fifth of the workforce remains local
Crews install a crane rail in the Site C powerhouse, February 2021.

Employment on the Site C dam dropped to 3,852 workers in January, BC Hydro reported Monday.

That’s down by close to 600 workers from December, and due to COVID-19 public health orders that slowed down the number of workers returning to site following the holiday season, BC Hydro said in its latest jobs report.

"The following numbers are a total workforce numbers and include workers working off the dam site area, workers working from home and/or workers who may have been on site at any one time in that month, who may have been on days off for other periods of time,” BC Hydro said. “Not all workers ... were on site or in camp at one time.”

As of March 15, there were 1,209 workers reported at camp, including two in self-isolation. BC Hydro has reported 50 COVID cases among the Site C workforce since March 2020.

Of the January 2021 workforce, one-fifth was local, with 797 Peace region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, down 83 month over month.

There were 2,862 B.C. workers, or 74%, 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 more than 1,500 workers and 40% of the workforce for the month.

BC Hydro reported 100 apprentices for the month, down from 160 in December, as well as 281 indigenous people, and 434 women working on the project.

There were two temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions, BC Hydro said, and another 30 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

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