The Illecillewaet Four-Laning Project is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks and BC Infrastructure Benefits, the employer on the project, is currently reviewing job applicants.
Since they launched the website in mid-April the crown agency has received 190 applications, said Geoffrey Nutter, communications coordinator. Of those 60 per cent were from the Revelstoke and Golden area.
The project will provide employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people, women and apprentices as well as local residents, as part of the Community Benefits Agreement.
According to Danielle Pope, media relations for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the applicant list is 20 per cent women and 10 per cent self-declared Indigenous.
The wages for the project are outlined in the agreement and range from $14.60 per hour for certain pre-apprentice jobs to $52.31 per hour for the general foreman electrician.
The tender went out for the project in February and is scheduled to be awarded soon, Nutter said that once it is awarded more details on the project will be available.