FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the employment statistics for the Site C project during the month of May, which show that there were over 2,500 working on the 1,100 megawatt dam in some capacity during that month.
From April to May, the total number of people working on the dam increased by 310, to 2,522. The number of contractors increased by 305, from 1,811 to 2,115. 202 of the new contractors working on site were B.C. residents, bringing the total number of British Columbian contractors to 1,659.
Out of the total number of contractors on Site C, 736, or 35 percent were Primary residents of the Peace River Regional District. Though the percentage of local workers has dropped from 36 percent in April, the number of PRRD resident contractors increased from 648 the previous month, a jump of 88.
In May there were also a total of six temporary foreign workers working on the Site C project, two more than during the month of April. There were also 47 apprentices working on site, along with 211 Aboriginal workers, and a total of 393 women.