Site C reaches milestone with over 1,000 B.C. workers

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, along with Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, and BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway announced this afternoon at Site C that there is now over 1,000 BC workers working on the project.

The latest numbers from May of this year show that there are a total of 1,547 workers at the site. 1,223 of them are from BC (79%).

Bernier says he is impressed and happy with the numbers that show BC is keeping the commitment they made.

“I’m very pleased to see there are now more than 1,000 British Columbians working on the Site C project. We’re building this project together, with union and non-union workers both benefiting from Site C construction. In fact, this project will provide an important economic boost for our province for almost a decade during construction.”

There are many different types of workers at the site. Of the over 1,200 British Columbians there are: carpenters, truck drivers, crane operators, safety advisors and officers, general labourers, heavy equipment operators, mechanics, electricians, worker lodge operations staff, construction supervisors, environmental workers and project staff.

Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North says a large percentage of those workers are from the Peace River Regional District.

“In May 2016, there were 443 workers on the Site C construction site from the Peace River Regional North District and that’s great news. The northeast has been affected by the slowdown in oil and gas, and Site C construction is providing job opportunities at exactly the right time.”

The project has been adding more and more workers. The project is expected to have 600 workers from the main civil workers contractor by fall of 2016.

There are also many different unions involved with the project. They include: Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers (CMAW), Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC Local 68), Canada West Construction Union (CWU), Pile Drivers 2402, Move up.

There are also BC Building Trades affiliated unions: the International union of Operating Engineers (IUOE Local 115), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Teamsters Local 213.

President and CEO of BC Hydro, Jessica McDonald, says that they are making great progress with the project regarding time, as well as budget.

“We continue to make excellent progress in line with Site C’s budget and schedule and this is being reflected in the employment numbers. This is an ideal time to be building Site C, as interest rates are at historical lows, commodity prices are down, and economic shifts have increased the availability of workers and equipment.”