Over 5,000 attended Site C job fairs: BC Hydro

People waited in line for more than an hour just to drop off their resume for work on Site C at the job fair in Fort St. John March 2016. Photo by Montana CummingPeople waited in line for more than an hour just to drop off their resume for work on Site C at the job fair in Fort St. John March 2016. Photo by Montana Cumming

FORT NELSON, B.C. — The Site C job fair in Fort Nelson yesterday put the total number of prospective employees who attended over the 5,000 mark, according to BC Hydro.

“I think we saw a significantly greatly turn out than we were expecting,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway. “We had over 5,100 people come to the job fairs.”

Conway confirmed that about 185 attended the job fair in the Northern Rockies, but there weren’t line ups like there were at the job fairs in Prince George, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek in February.

Job fairs were also held in Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Mackenzie, and Quesnel.

While this round of job fairs are done, it doesn’t mean the chances to apply for work are over. Conway told Energetic City more job fairs will be coming in the future, as construction has just started.

“My understanding is that we’re looking for jobs for the initial portion of the Main Civil Works contract,” he said.

“There will be job fairs at later times, depending on what the need is. We bring other contractors on board. So there are other significant contracts that need to go out.”

Organizations and businesses such as the local Chamber of Commerce and Northern Lights College were also present at the job fair.

As for an estimation of when these job fairs are planned for, he said it’s too early to speculate, though contracts like that for the building of concrete structures, still have to be awarded and work will be needed for those.

Earlier this week, the B.C. Supreme Court granted an injunction against protesters of Site C who were occupying the Rocky Mountain Fort site for months. The camp was dismantled on Tuesday, after the orders of the injunction went into effect at midnight that morning.

A group in Vancouver is also starting a hunger strike in protest of the decision, and the project. They are staging their protest outside of BC Hydro’s downtown Vancouver building, and plan to cease eating from sunrise until sunset.