Site C workforce over 5,000

Employment on the Site C dam surpassed the 5,000 mark for the first time in October, with a record 5,181 workers reported, according to BC Hydro.

Employment figures released Monday show the workforce grew by 237 from September, and now 2,152 workers since a drop at the start of the pandemic.

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As of Dec. 8, there were 1,418 workers reported at the camp outside Fort St. John, including 22 in self-isolation.

Of the October workforce, roughly one-fifth was local, with a record high 1,144 Peace region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors.

There were 3,727 B.C. workers, or 72%, working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.

BC Hydro reported 197 apprentices for the month, as well as 412 indigenous and 566 women workers on the project.

There were two temporary foreign workers employed in specialized positions, BC Hydro said, and another 39 managers and other professionals working under the federal international mobility program.

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