FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Two temporary foreign workers that have been employed by one of the contractors building the Site C dam have been hired to train Canadian workers.
BC Hydro released the Site C employment statistics for the month of May earlier this week, which showed that the number of temporary foreign workers increased by two compared to April. That brought the total number of temporary foreign workers to six in May.
BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway said that the four temporary foreign workers employed on the project in both April and May were employed in the following positions:
- Roller-Compacted Concrete Interface and Planning Manager
- Diversion Construction Director, Roller-Compacted Concrete
- Embankment Excavation Manager
- Quantity Surveyor
When asked what jobs the two new temporary foreign workers were filling, Conway stated that, “The two new temporary foreign workers are highly specialized in roller-compacted concrete (RCC) work; both are in Canada to train Canadian workers for the construction of the RCC buttress.”
Speaking on behalf of Peace River Hydro Partners, the contractor that is in charge of the RCC work on Site C, Communications Manager Amber Harding said today that PRHP has brought on temporary workers from the United States that are experts in working with RCC. Harding stated that since working with RCC is not a common skillset in Canada, the two TFW’s will be training Canadian construction supervisors on the placement of RCC on the dam site. “It is not planned to happen for an extended period of time after the training is completed,” said Harding in a phone interview. “Our Canadian supervisors will have the experience to manage the placement.”
Harding explained that since the timeframe during the year to do work with RCC is limited to the warmer months, she expects that the number of temporary foreign workers that have experience in RCC work will increase this year. However, she added that most of those workers, including the training workers, will be gone by the fall.
When asked about the number of Canadian workers that are undergoing training, Harding replied in an email that “the exact number of local employees working on the RCC placement is not available. This number varies from day-to-day as workers can be assigned to different work areas.”