Opportunities for Businesses

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Get your Indigenous business involved

We're working to include Indigenous businesses as our contractors and suppliers for the projects and programs we undertake throughout the province.

Learn more about our Indigenous procurement policy [PDF, 823 KB]

We have a number of Indigenous-owned businesses currently doing work for us or are our prime contractor for projects in many areas of the province. In many cases, these businesses benefit from hands-on support from our Indigenous Employment and Business Development team.

To learn more, call 1 877 461 0161, and dial 1 for employment when prompted or email indigenous.employment@bchydro.com.

A few examples of our work with Indigenous businesses:

  • We've partnered with the Ktunaxa Nation-owned Nupqu Development Corporation, to build a new substation in the southeast part of B.C. Nupqu provided project management, environmental monitoring, skilled labour, procurement, and occupational first aid and safety services. Through our collaboration we maximized Nation member's skills as our capital construction team provided project oversight, risk management & compliance, and on-the-job mentoring. Together both team members took a cross-cultural awareness course to learn more about each other.
  • The Sexqeltkemc of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation developed temporary construction camps for about 400 employees as part of BC Hydro's Mica Units 5 & 6 upgrade project. There are now about 25 Indigenous persons (mainly members of the Lakes Division)  employed at the camp performing services, such as catering, housekeeping, grounds and facility maintenance. It's one of the largest contracts ever awarded by BC Hydro to a First Nations joint venture.
  • Indigenous employees from the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, near Gold River, worked on the project to decommission BC Hydro's old Heber dam and return the site to its natural state. Indigenous employees accounted for 5,000-plus hours of the contractor's on-site workforce – at times up to 40% – in roles ranging from excavator operator to administration and community liaison.
  • Work with the Lower Nicola Indian Band (LNIB) in support of the Merritt Area Transmission Line (MAT) project is one award-winning example. At the 2015 B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards Gala, the LNIB and LNB Construction Inc. were recognized with Outstanding Achievement in the Joint Venture of the Year category for their work on the MAT project. LNIB and LNB Construction Inc. were awarded an initial contract for vegetation clearing, and after successfully completing that, they were awarded a subsequent contract for access road construction. They included community members in work opportunities which ultimately translated into more than 50% Indigenous Person-hours on the work done.