Employment on B.C. Hydro's Site C dam increased to 3,674 workers in March 2019, up nearly 200 jobs from February, according to the latest employment report.
There were 794 northern region residents employed as construction and non-construction contractors, representing roughly 22% of the project’s total workforce.
Local workers make up 26% of the construction and non-construction workforce total of 3,020 workers, which includes work at the dam site, on transmission corridors, reservoir clearing, public roadworks, and camp accommodations.
There were a total of 2,894 workers, or 79%, from B.C. working for construction and non-construction contractors, and in engineering and project team jobs.
B.C. Hydro reports 118 apprentices, 333 indigenous people, and 400 women were working on the project in March.
The bulk of the project's construction and non-construction workforce continues to be heavy equipment operators, with more than 600 employed on the project. There were 425 labourers and nearly 350 engineers tallied.
Workforce numbers are collected monthly from contractors, which are also required under contract to report on indigenous inclusion and women participation on the project.
The figures do not include indirect or induced employment, B.C. Hydro says, while figures are not broken down by full-time or part-time work.
- Matt Preprost, Alaska Highway News