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Site C Opportunity Sessions Set

Friday, January 8, 2016 @ 3:58 AM

Prince George, B.C. – With the  main civil works contract for the Site C project awarded, the time has  come  for  businesses throughout the region to find out more about  how they can  take advantage of the  opportunities the project will present and for workers to find out  what jobs  will be available.

The BC Chamber of Commerce and BC Hydro are holding business-to-business networking sessions in Prince George, Quesnel, Fort St. John, and  Dawson Creek  so  businesses can meet with  the main civil works contractor for the  project.

“These business networking events, and the upcoming job fairs, will help us ensure that B.C. companies and B.C. workers are first in line for opportunities with the Site C project” says Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett.

In Prince George,   business to business sessions  are set for  Tuesday, February 2nd.  There  will be  one from 1:30 to 4 pm,  the other from 5 pm to 7:30 pm.   Both will  take place at the Coast Inn of the North.

The following day, there will  be two sessions in Quesnel,  with the first set for 1:30 –  4 p.m. the second from 5 p.m. to 7:30 pm.  Both are being  held  in the Main Hall of the Quesnel Senior Centre on Carson Avenue.

The first of the  sessions will be held in Fort St. John  on Monday January 25th at the Pomeroy Hotel,  with  a session set for Dawson Creek  at the George Dawson Inn on the 26th,  and in Chetwynd on the 27th at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre.

Job fairs  will be held in late February and early March  in Prince George, Quesnel,  Tumbler Ridge,  Chetwynd, Mackenzie, Hudson’s Hope, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John  and Fort Nelson.   Dates and times for the job fairs have yet to be released.


There might be some token jobs for this region, albeit at less then a full union rate… otherwise why go with an out of province non union contractor?

So if they need 1500 jobs filled, not all will come from this region. I’ll bet less than a third if we are lucky will be filled from Northern residents.

If it was a union contractor, then the call up list would have a local priority, followed by a provincial priority, and then national ect ect. As a non-union contractor they don’t have a call up list; hence the job fair to try and find the skilled workers needed. If they can’t fill the positions locally, then we will likely see a lot of temporary foreign workers employed, rather than fellow citizens. It could just be one very large exercise in labor arbitrage with public dollars?

Eagleone you hit nail on the head.

We do not need NO crusty clack Dam..That COOZE should not be running this Prov.And she is not a liberal…

‘If it was a union contractor’ – If I were a union contractor

‘ ect ect’ – etc., etc.

Just sayin’

Here we go again another job fair. The province is always crying that they don’t have enough skilled labor so when are they going ahead with these training programs? I don’t think you will see very many union jobs if this project goes ahead. Bennett has already said that the project would be too expensive if it was done by union labor. What their plan is TFW’s in my opinion.

The number is so far 75% of the employees working are BC residents. Could be that some Albertan’s moved, but that was the last number I saw quoted. I don’t need to buy a bridge but I do put more stock in a reporter than a 250 commenter.

Bill Bennett said that the reason there are mostly Alberta license plates in the parking lot, is because it is the B.C.ers coming home. LOL

The building trades have filed a civil suit in B.C. Supreme Court seeking to block BC Hydro’s open site labour model plan on the grounds that it violates the federal Charter of Rights.

Last month, after that lawsuit was filed, the Premier told reporters that BC Hydro went too far in its bid to curb union powers and ordered the Crown corporation to change the contract terms to allow unions to organize at the construction site. Mr. Sigurdson said the case will proceed, however, because the proposed labour model still includes limits on union activities.

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