Suppliers and Job Seekers


What is a supplier?

A supplier is a business that wishes to provide materials, labour, equipment, technology or services to a project’s contractor.

What does this website offer suppliers?

As in the past, it continues to offer information and resources to suppliers throughout the planning and execution of major projects.

Prior to the awarding of a contract, businesses can view a project’s description and outline, including potential projected trade requirements and timelines. Notices of meetings and related news items are centralized into an easy-to-find format. By making this information available, in advance of the actual awarding of the contract, local businesses are able to prepare and position themselves as an attractive resource to the prime contractor.

Most importantly, proponents, and later, the prime contractor will be able to browse the profiles of registered suppliers to gauge what local trades, resources and materials are available. Registering on this website allows local suppliers to create a tailored profile for a major project’s prime contractor to browse. We took in about 150 profiles from 2012 to 2016. This list was removed in 2019 upon completion of the John Hart project. As of March 2021, we have set up a new supplier list for the upcoming dam safety projects. You can now register and create a supplier profile. BC Hydro began the procurement process for the first phase of the John Hart Dam Seismic Upgrade Project by posting a civil works Request For Proposals, on BC Bid, in December 2021.

To be eligible to register and complete a company profile as a supplier you must conform to the following requirements:

  • Be a member in good standing of the Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce or;
  • Have a current business license to operate within the City of Campbell River and surrounding area or;
  • Be a member of a Vancouver Island Chamber of Commerce, VIEA or VICA.
  • You must have a reasonable expectation that you can provide a service, or materials to one of the three listed dam safety projects; and
  • You will have to pay a one-time registration fee of $100.00 plus GST.

Businesses that hold a membership with the Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce will have the supplier registration fee of $100 waived. You may join the Chamber at this link.

Click here to Register as a Supplier.

BC Hydro is working to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Nations which includes finding mutually beneficial procurement opportunities with designated businesses. Please consider reaching out directly to contacts at Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai and K’omoks First Nations to discuss potential future procurement opportunities.

Wei Wai Kum (Campbell River) First Nation

  • Chief Chris Roberts
  • 1650 Old Spit Road, Campbell River, BC, V9W 3E8
  • Tel: 250-286-6949
  • Toll Free: 1-877-286-6949 –

We Wai Kai (Cape Mudge) First Nation

  • Jodee Dick, Economic Development Director
  • 690 Headstart Crescent, Campbell River, BC, V9H 1V9
  • Tel: 250-204-3510 –

K’ómoks First Nation

  • Jen Knox, Economic Development Officer, K’ómoks Economic Development Corporation
  • 3330 Comox Road Courtenay, BC, V9N 3P8
  • Tel: 250-339-4545 ext. 113 –

Job seekers

Similar to suppliers, we will provide an opportunity during the procurement process for individuals to meet the project contractors. Similar to the successful July 2012 and 2014 job-fair style events for the John Hart project. In addition, we recommend that you keep in touch with North Island Employment Foundations Society (NIEFS) and North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society (NVIATS). Starting in fall 2022, as any earlier is too preliminary, you may also reach out to Columbia Hydro Constructors Ltd (CHC). CHC’s contact information will be provided here in fall 2022.

Hiring for the project jobs will be handled by our future contractor who will work in coordination with CHC as a “union hall” model. This model will apply to the John Hart Dam Seismic Upgrade Project as well as the Ladore Spillway Seismic Upgrade Project and the Strathcona Dam Water Discharge Upgrade Project. CHC is a wholly owned subsidiary of BC Hydro responsible for securing site labour to complete certain major construction projects. CHC was established in 1962 and has supplied labour and a consistent labour relations structure to numerous hydro-electrical projects such as the recent Mica 5/6 and Waneta Expansion Projects. CHC is party to a collective agreement with the Allied Hydro Council of B.C. (AHC). AHC is a council of nineteen affiliated trade unions plus MOVE UP. AHC was involved in the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project. Under an agreement with AHC, workers for the project would be hired through CHC and include provisions to support local, which is within 100 km, and equity hires such as women and people with disabilities. The project jobs may be a combination of the contractor’s workforce, subcontractor workforce, and individual hiring in coordination with CHC.

John Hart Dam Seismic Upgrade Project

Staffing requirements will grow from contractor site mobilisation in summer 2023 to a peak in 2024 to 2026, with the total construction period being over six years. Over this period the project may generate just over 600 person years of work. Some jobs may be short term such as a few months, while other jobs may last multiple years. The actual needs and timing of jobs will be developed by the selected contractor as they consider the construction staging. The yearly jobs estimate below, by person years of work, is subject to that contractor work sequencing.

2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 Total
33 169 155 116 65 65 31 634

There may likely be a job seeker orientation overview, provided to those interested, sometime in late 2022 or early 2023. BC Hydro looks to help facilitate a job seeker event or multiple events in coordination with CHC and the affiliated unions, NIEFS, NVIATS and the contractor. Details about those events may be posted here closer to the date.

Ladore Spillway Seismic Upgrade Project

Details on the preliminary jobs may be provided around fall 2022.

Strathcona Dam Water Discharge Upgrade Project

Details on the preliminary jobs may be provided around fall 2022.


BC Hydro and the Chamber would like to hear from you on project procurement or project support. We welcome comments, suggestions or possible concerns, and they can be provided by contacting Stephen and/or Mary Ruth directly.