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 six years. Service, supplier and subcontractor companies can now register to show their interest in the upcoming projects.
As the projects move forward, this website will connect local companies and workers with the procurement process and the major contractors.
John Hart Dam seismic upgrade: Up to $822 million, six years of work to help secure Island power generation
B.C. Hydro is seeking bids for the seismic upgrade project at Campbell River’s John Hart Dam, which could cost up to $822 million. “This is an important project for the Campbell River area,” Energy Minister Bruce Ralston said in a statement Friday. “It will provide benefits to the local economy, for public safety and for clean electricity generation.”
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Stay current on how the capital projects are advancing, and how BC Hydro and the Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce are assisting local companies and workers engage with the various project contractors.
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?
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
Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce
We are the intersection point between businesses, all 4 levels of government, education institutions, community organizations, the general public and our Indigenous Nations — providing opportunities for engagement, learning and the raising of our collective vibrancy.
Mary Ruth Snyder, Executive Director
CR&D Chamber of Commerce
BC Hydro is a Crown corporation, owned by the government and people of British Columbia. It's our job to safely provide reliable, affordable and clean electricity to our province’s citizens.
Since 2000, Stephen Watson has worked closely with the Campbell River community on capital projects and operations.