Impacts of Site C Construction Trickling In to Ft. St. John
Fort St. John, B.C. – It has been one year since construction started on the Site C project which BC Hydro says remains on schedule and on budget.
In May, the $9 billion dollar project had just over 1,500 workers on the site, including 107 apprentices. Nearly 80% of those workers are from BC.
The project is starting to have an impact on Fort St. John, says Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce President Tony Zabinsky “There are local companies that have been able to get on board Site C and take advantage of that. As that construction activity moves forward, we’re hoping to see a greater impact for Fort St, John and Peace region area businesses.”
The Site C construction has come at a time when the oil and gas sector is slow, and for companies that can diversify their activity, Zabinsky says it means “a balanced budget” he adds, “They may be able to offset their revenue by being able to get on board with Site C if their diversification meets the current Site C demands.”
“We are seeing a lot more traffic in regards to people coming and going who are involved in Site C.” says Zabinsky “Talking to some of the restaurant owners, they are saying they are seeing more people coming and eating at their establishments so that’s good news. In the housing sector, we haven’t seen a big increase in activity as of yet.”
BC Hydro has accommodation for about 1,200 workers on site for workers,
The Ft. St.John Chamber is planning a business to business event for late September “We want to get those businesses involved so they can meet the major proponents of Site C.” It will be a “speed dating” style session where businesses can meet the proponents and try to match their services with the needs of the project.