BC Hydro and the City of Fort St. John have reached an agreement-in-principle on a Community Measures Agreement related to the construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project. The agreement is scheduled to be signed in April 2016. Negotiations between the City and BC Hydro have been ongoing for several years.
The following video is a recording of the Community Meeting where Mayor and Council presented details of the draft Community Measures Agreement on February 4 at 12:00 pm.
The agreement can be found at the bottom of this page.
Summary of Draft Community Measures Agreement
Under the terms of the legally binding agreement, BC Hydro commits to specific mitigation measures important to the City of Fort St. John. Some of the features of the agreement include:
- BC Hydro will provide $1 million per year to the City during construction, increased by 3.5-per cent each year.
- BC Hydro will contribute $100,000 per year for eight years to a community fund to assist non-profit agencies in the Peace Region.
- BC Hydro will contribute $250,000 to local non-profits that provide emergency and transitional housing services, including the recent $200,000 donation to the Salvation Army’s Northern Centre of Hope.
- BC Hydro will contribute $75,000 this year to support local charities identified by the City.
- BC Hydro will fund one additional police officer to be based out of the Fort St. John RCMP detachment, and will also conduct regular traffic monitoring on local roads near the project.
- BC Hydro and the City will work together through a Site C Community Agreement Monitoring Committee, consisting of senior representatives from both BC Hydro and the City. The Committee will track implementation of the agreement, and provide a forum to identify and resolve issues arising during project construction. BC Hydro and the City have also agreed to a dispute resolution process to support resolution of issues, if required. BC Hydro will provide administrative support for the committee.
- BC Hydro and the City will support the health and wellness of the project workforce, through BC Hydro’s annual pre-purchase of tickets for the use of Fort St. John recreation facilities totalling approximately $423,000 over the construction period.
- Should the City decide to expand its boundaries, BC Hydro will support the application to include the 96 hectares of land at 85th Avenue.
- BC Hydro will maintain a Community Consultation Office as a means of providing information to the public and stakeholders regarding procurement, employment and construction activities.
- BC Hydro and the City will coordinate regular monitoring of the City drinking water source quality and quantity at BC Hydro’s expense.
- The City has confirmed its ability to access its rights to water from the reservoir as a potential future source of domestic water, if needed, and at no charge from BC Hydro.