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Site C workforce grew in March

1,436 workers reported at camp as of Tuesday
Site C spillway headworks under construction, April 2021. The construction of a spillway will allow the passage of large volumes of water from the reservoir into the river channel downstream.

More than 400 jobs were added at Site C in March, with 4,321 workers reported, according to the latest figures from BC Hydro.

Month-over-month, the workforce increased by 444 workers, and is up from 3,852 at the start of the year when public health orders limited the number of workers returning from after the holidays.

As of Tuesday, there were 1,436 workers reported at camp, including 33 in self-isolation, and another 44 isolating at home. 

BC Hydro has reported 69 COVID cases among Site C workers since the start of this year, and 100 since the start of the pandemic last March. Fifteen cases are currently active, and an outbreak declaration remains in place.

Of the total March 2021 workforce, about 1 in 5 workers were local, with 900 Peace region residents employed by construction and non-construction contractors, up 133 month over month.

There were 3,134 B.C. workers, or 73%, 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 an estimated 1,850 workers and 43% of the workforce for the month.

There were about 500 construction managers, supervisors, and other professionals, technicians, and office staff reported for the month.

There were fewer than 100 workers in other various trades reported, including boilermakers, cement masons, crane operations, electricians, health workers, mechanics, and welders.

BC Hydro reported 143 apprentices for the month, up 20 from February, as well as 346 indigenous workers (+46), and 474 women (+37) working on the project.

There was one temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions, BC Hydro said, and another 28 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

The workforce reached a peak high of 5,181 workers last October.

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