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Record high employment at Site C

Construction of the $16-billion dam on the Peace River entered its eighth year of construction this summer.
Construction at the Site C spillways.

Employment on the Site C dam peaked above 5,200 workers in June, marking a new monthly record for the workforce.

According to the latest labour statistics from BC Hydro, there were 5,209 workers reported on the $16-billion project, which entered its eighth year of construction this summer.

Of the total workforce for this past June, about one in five workers were local, with 951 Peace region residents employed by construction and non-construction contractors.

There were 3,507 B.C. residents, or 67% of the workforce, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reported 167 apprentices as well as 407 indigenous workers and 551 women were working on the project in June.

There was one temporary foreign worker employed in a specialized position, BC Hydro said, and another 32 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

BC Hydro says monthly employment figures include workers working off the dam site area, working from home, and workers who may have been on site at any one time in that month and who may have been on days off for other periods of time. Not all workers were on site or in camp at one time.

As of July 29, the latest available data, there were 1,788 workers reported in camp.

Employment on Site C first surpassed the 5,000-mark in October 2020 when 5,181 workers were reported.

The project workforce has since surpassed that mark several times: 5,046 workers in June 2021, 5,108 workers in July 2021, 5,087 workers in August 2021, and 5,060 workers this past May.

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