Prince Rupert workers needed

A contractor for the Ridley Island corridor has been found, but now the challenge begins to find local workers for the 65 to 90 positions that will need filling over the two-year construction period.

Prince Rupert Constructors (PRC) announced last week it has entered into a contract with the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) to begin construction this month on the Ridley Island Road, Rail and Utility Corridor (RRUC), an earthworks and rock-work construction project entailing 8.6 kilometres of rail and road bed, a concrete box underpass, a utility corridor and installation of inbound and outbound rail tracks.

PRC will need up to 90 workers over its two-year construction phase.

Project manager, Mark Stevens, said the preference is access the local pool of workers, but so far they’ve had to syphon help from the south.

“We want to involve more local people into the overall project. Our initial efforts here, getting the preparatory work done, have involved folks from our main operations down in the Lower Mainland… where Anderson and JJM are headquartered.”

PRC is a partnership between Coast Tsimshian Enterprises (CTE), a local First Nations enterprise, JJM Construction Ltd, and Emil Anderson Construction (EAC) Inc.

“So we’re not having difficulty finding people for a lot of the positions, but we want to make a broad appeal to people that have the right skills locally.

“Right now they’re [Prince Rupert Port Authority] just looking at the initial construction and installation phase to get the basic corridor and introductory rail line in around the island. There will be further work overtime, but that depends on how successful the port is on increasing demand and volume on the site.”

With current proposals, the Port Authority has previously stated it is highly confident a second phase of expansion will be green lit soon after Phase One construction is complete. In the meantime, current construction is expected to be completed by Dec. 31 2014.

In addition to local workers, PRC hopes to attract former Prince Rupert residents back to the city.

Employment opportunities on this project include project management, project supervision, safety/HR coordination, heavy equipment operators, heavy duty mechanics and GPS surveryors.

PRC said it will be initiating and coordinating specific job training for residents who want to undertake long-term construction careers. They ask applicants to submit resumes to

~By Quinn Bender

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