It’s the largest single contract for the massive $8.335 billion dollar Site C construction project…and now, it’s official.
BC Hydro has announced it has reached an agreement with Peace River Hydro Partners for its main civil works contract, valued at around $1.75 billion dollars.
Hydro’s David Conway says at peak construction the deal will employ 1,500 people – but they can’t guarantee the jobs will go to British Columbians due to agreements with other provinces; so they’re doing things like hosting regional job fairs.
“So although we can’t specify, we’re doing what we can to make those connections.”
Conway says they’re doing what they can.
“We have been working with all of our contractors on job fairs and business to business sessions, we’ve been doing that within the region. We expect that to continue, and we’ll be doing that early in the New Year.”
The group is a consortium made up of ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada, Petrowest Corporation and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd.
According to Hydro, the contract creates about 8,000 person years of work over 8 years, and at its height, will employ 1,500 people.
Groups says jobs aren’t being prioritized for B.C.
The BC Building Trades Council is reacting to BC Hydro’s plan for the Site C dam project, that B.C. jobs are not guaranteed as part of the building process.
BC Building Trades President Lee Loftus says he doesn’t know how the province and BC Hydro came to that conclusion.
“I don’t understand why BC Hydro and the provincial government are not ensuring that British Columbians have an opportunity to go to work. I don’t get it, it doesn’t make sence to anybody.”
Loftus and Brian Cochrane of the International Union of Operating Engineers are concerned jobs that should be going to British Columbians could be going to Temporary Foreign Workers, even though they say there are workers here who could fill the jobs.