Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John to host Site C job fairs

Construction of a worker accommodation camp, from November 2015. Photo by Montana CummingConstruction of a worker accommodation camp, from November 2015. Photo by Montana Cumming

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Job fairs for the Site C project are coming up in the Peace Region.

BC Hydro and its contractors are hosting job fairs in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and Fort St. John later this month. Hydro says construction activities on the Site C project are ramping up, and they need workers at all skill levels.

The first job fair will be in Chetwynd on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. It will be hosted at the Chetwynd & District Rec Centre, in the Cottonwood room. Dawson Creek is hosting one the next day, at the same time, at the George Dawson Inn. Fort St. John workers seeking a job can come to the fair at the Pomeroy Hotel on Friday, Feb. 19, within the same hours, to apply for a job on the project.

Prospective workers are asked to bring resumes to the job fairs. Advance registration is not required.

Peace River North MLA, Pat Pimm, says he’s always been committed to seeing local workers hired for this project.

“Now that the main civil works contractor has been selected, we can expect to see more opportunities for workers in the coming months and years of construction,” he said.

“I encourage people to attend the session to learn more about the types of jobs being offered.”

On site, BC Hydro’s contractors will be available to answer questions regarding the types of jobs available, their hiring process and any additional questions those hunting for a job may have. Representatives from employment and skills training organizations will also attend.

“The main civil works contractor is preparing to mobilize and some of the positions they are hiring for include machine operators, labourers, mechanics and concrete workers,” said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier.

Bernier adds that about 1,500 people will be working on the main civil works contract alone at peak construction, and 600 workers are needed by this spring.

Diane McSherry, Vice-President and Project Director, Site C, says BC Hydro has a commitment to providing opportunities to northern and Aboriginal communities.

The nearly-$9-billion hydroelectric dam project is expected to start construction on the main civic works — which includes construction of the dam — very soon.

Peace River Hydro Partners was awarded a $1.75 billion contract deal from BC Hydro to complete the work late last year.