Connecting suppliers and job seekers with opportunities to potentially work on major projects in Campbell River

Three proposed BC Hydro dam safety seismic upgrades on the Campbell River system are a major investment in the region’s infrastructure and economy

BC Hydro worked collaboratively on business community awareness and engagement with the Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce for the successful John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project (construction 2014-2019).

Our collaboration continues and is now focused on the proposed upgrades to the John Hart, Ladore and Strathcona dams. Construction upgrade work at the dams may begin in 2023 and 2024, and last for about five years.

As the projects move forward, this website will connect local companies and workers with the procurement process and the major contractors.

Latest News
BC Hydro Releases New Project Video Updates

BC Hydro has created the first in a series of video updates for each proposed project.

Future Projects

John Hart Dam Seismic Upgrade Project

To upgrade the over 800-metre-long dam so that it can withstand a major earthquake. This work would include upgrades to the earthfill and concrete sections, and water flow improvements, including a new overflow spillway and a new spillway gates system.

Ladore Spillway Seismic Upgrade Project

To replace the three spillway gates with a new spillway gates system so it can withstand a major earthquake and be operable to pass water in a controlled manner downstream

Strathcona Dam Water Discharge Upgrade Project

To excavate within bedrock a new low-level outlet channel, on the right bank of the dam, to allow for the lowering of the reservoir water level post-major earthquake to ease pressure on the dam. The existing spillway gates will be moved into the new channel for improved water management abilities.

Living and Working in Campbell River

The City of Campbell River and surrounding Strathcona Regional District are home to some of the most beautiful views in the world.

Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island at the southern entrance to Discovery Passage the views are breathtaking. The geographical location means you can be ocean side watching the whales meander by and 20 minutes later find yourself surrounded by the gorgeous mountains in Strathcona Regional Park or walking among the giant firs and cedars at Elk Falls Provincial Park.


The Campbell River Advantage is an inexpensive, high speed, broadband fibre-optic network for businesses and the public. Our advantage is also our people who with their innovation, determination and resilience are the heart of Campbell River. When combined with our surroundings, why would you live and work anywhere else?

Past Projects

John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project

This successful project delivered on the drivers of safety from seismic events, power generation reliability, and protecting downstream fish habitat from unplanned river flow events. The old facility was replaced with a new underground tunnel and powerhouse. The project finished on budget.

Chamber & Partners