Like any construction project, there will be a potential for impacts, including: noise, dust, light, vibration and traffic.
One of our construction principles is to minimize construction-related impacts to residents, businesses, property owners, communities and Aboriginal groups in the Site C project area.
Some examples of mitigation measures include:
Our Principles for Site C Construction are:
The timing of the permanent river closure at the dam site is still to be determined. Our plan is to keep the river navigable as long as feasible.
We will notify river users as soon as a decision on the permanent closure is made.
No. Workers from Fort St. John are not forced to stay at the Site C worker camp.
Construction started with site preparation activities in summer 2015 and will be completed in 2024.
The work hours will vary by type of activity. Early morning and/or night shifts may be scheduled, in addition to shifts on the weekends.
BC Hydro is committed to providing information about Site C construction activities in a timely manner. To learn more about construction activities for the project, please:
The majority of hiring will be done by the companies awarded contracts to build Site C. Some of these companies are currently hiring workers for their portion of the work on the project.
BC Hydro lists contact information for contractors in the Job Opportunities section of the website. To increase opportunities for local employment, Job Fairs will be held to allow local and Aboriginal job-seekers to meet with contractors that will be building Site C. Information about dates and locations will be posted on the project website.
Yes. Construction of the Site C project will provide opportunities for businesses as contractors, sub-contractors or suppliers. To facilitate business opportunities, BC Hydro has held multiple business-networking sessions in the region to allow local businesses to meet successful contractors and build relationships.
There are multiple ways you can keep informed about Site C procurement opportunities:
Yes. BC Hydro is requiring its contractors to have readily biodegradable hydraulic fluids in equipment working within or above water. This requirement took effect in April 2016. Although readily biodegradable hydraulic fluids were not required by our permits and authorizations, the decision to make this project-wide change was made after discussions with our regulators.
Yes. As part of our commitment to informing communities about construction activities, a construction schedule is available on the Site C website. It is subject to change but does provide an overview of project plans.You can also sign-up for our regular construction bulletins to receive more detailed information about what work is coming up.