The news and information section includes media releases, information sheets, field work notices and project videos about Site C.
Update March 29, 2021: We're following guidance from the health authorities and have paused the vaccination program at our onsite clinic. We're awaiting further direction from health authorities about next steps.
BC Hydro is strictly following Ministry of Health guidelines and has implemented a range of protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Site C.
We require people to isolate if they show any symptoms as described by the BCCDC, no matter how mild. These symptoms include sneezing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, cough fever or difficulty breathing.
Since March 2020, BC Hydro has been notified of 81 positive cases of COVID-19 related to people working on the project.
We update these numbers daily.
|Site C camp status: April 19, 2021|
|Number of people in camp||1,384|
|Number of people in isolation at camp||23|
|Number of active COVID-19 cases||12|
|Number of cleared COVID-19 cases||69|
|Total number of cases since March 1, 2020||81|
April 19: Over the weekend, BC Hydro was notified that four contractor workers had tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are related to the cases we reported last week. BC Hydro has been in regular contact with Northern Health since this group of cases was first identified, and they support the contact tracing and containment measures taken.
As per the Provincial Health Officer Industrial Projects Restart Order dated January 12, 2021, BC Hydro and its contractors require camp workers to remain in camp during their shift rotation. Exemptions are granted for work-related reasons, medical emergencies and critical appointments.
Safety is our top priority. To help everyone keep safe, BC Hydro and Site C contractors have set up thermal scanners at various exit/entry points in the worker accommodation lodge. These scanners are for workers to use before they board crew buses or leave camp to go to various project work fronts each day.
Local workers are already scanned each day when they enter the site. These camp scanners are another way to help workers staying in camp check their health every day before work.
Provincial Health Officer guidelines for physical distancing in the fight against COVID-19 extend to people sharing vehicles and/or travelling in the same vehicle.
In addition to these guidelines, BC Hydro provides the following best practices for contractors and vendors on and off site:
Effective April 3, BC Hydro is temporarily suspending the Site C shuttle service between Two Rivers Lodge and Fort St. John.
We have been closely monitoring the use of the shuttle since we began scaling back certain construction activities at site on March 18. Since that time, we’ve observed a steady decline in shuttle ridership, corresponding with the reduction in the number of workers staying in the lodge.
We will make alternative arrangements (such as ordering and delivery) to accommodate workers who need to re-provision personal items while the service is suspended.
Effective March 30, BC Hydro started implementing additional COVID-19 health screening measures at Site C access points.
All workers accessing site will be subject to health screening consisting of the B.C. Ministry of Health COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire, along with a non-invasive temperature scan.
All light-duty vehicles (non-commercial) are required to access site though Gate A. Only commercial vehicles will be authorized to access site through Gate B. Gate C will be closed effective March 30, and subject to the same access procedures that are currently in place for overnight access.
Workers are required to show their Site C access card and follow instructions from the staff administering screening protocols. Staff will obtain verbal consent to conduct the screening. If consent is not provided, access to site will be denied.
Once consent is given, staff will ask questions from the provincial self-assessment questionnaire, and will conduct a non-invasive, therma-red temperature measurement, similar to those used in airports.
Workers determined through the completion of the COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire to be free of symptoms, will proceed through security to access site.
If a worker answers “yes” to any of the self-assessment questions, displays flu-like symptoms or has a body temperature in excess of 37.3°C, they will subject to a secondary health assessment, to be conducted by on-site medical clinic practitioners.
If, after the secondary assessment, they are recommended for self-isolation, the worker can return home if a local resident. Anyone not a local resident will be safely transported to the isolation dormitory in the Two Rivers Lodge, for continued monitoring and re-assessment by medical practitioners.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees, contractors and members of the public. We have been monitoring COVID-19 closely since January 2020 and have been taking appropriate action as the situation evolves.
To minimize the risk of transmission to our site we've implemented measures to mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 event occurring.
We have been working closely with lodge operators and the on-site health clinic to quickly implement enhanced measures to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 event occurring at site.
Face masks are mandatory in camp.
The following common areas are open with physical distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols in place:
The Site C Health Clinic, managed by International SOS, is well equipped with experienced health practitioners, test kits and medical supplies. In addition, the camp has the ability to comfortably isolate any workers who are awaiting test results, or who may test positive for COVID-19.