Site C sees slight increase in employment in February

BC Hydro reported 4,856 workers at the Site C dam project in February 2023, a 78-person increase from January.

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A construction site of the Site C dam.
The spillway basin below the auxiliary spillway. (BC Hydro)

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro reported 4,856 workers at the Site C dam project in February 2023, a 78-person increase from January.

According to BC Hydro, 863 people working at the dam in February were Peace region residents, accounting for 21 per cent of the workforce.

There were 3,330 people who were B.C. primary residents working at Site C, accounting for 69 per cent of the workforce.

A line graph showing total employees, PRRD employees and BC employees at Site C from February 2022 to February 2023.
Annual Trending at Site C as of February 2023. (BC Hydro)

The number of apprentices increased from 174 in January 2023 to 201 in February 2023.

The report also provides the number of Indigenous people that worked at Site C, adding that workers voluntarily self-declared their Indigenous status to the employer. There were 358 Indigenous workers at Site C in February.

BC Hydro said 471 women worked at the dam project in February.

A line graph showing the Indigenous and Women workforce at Site C from February 2022 to February 2023.
The Indigenous and Women workforce at Site C from February 2022 to February 2023. (BC Hydro)

In January, the sixth and final turbine runner arrived at the project.

According to BC Hydro’s quarterly report for Site C released in December 2022, the reservoir at Site C could be filled as early as 2023.

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