The province of British Columbia announced on June 6 that over 1,000 British Columbians are now working at the Site C hydroelectric project in northeastern B.C., according to the latest employment B.C. Hydro employment statistics.
According to the statistics there are 1,547 total workers at Site C as of May 2016, with 1,223 workers from British Columbia (79 per cent.)
"I'm very pleased to see there are now more than 1,000 British Columbians working on the Site C project. And 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 its construction," Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said.
According to a media release from the provincial government, the jobs at Site C include 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 (engineering consultants and office staff).
"In May 2016, there were 443 workers on the Site C construction site from the Peace River Regional 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," Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said.
The project began construction in 2015 and is expected to be complete by 2024. Both union and non-union labour is working on the project.