They've been brought to Tumbler Ridge by HD Mining to work in a new underground coal mine.
But a number of unions say Canadians should be doing those jobs instead.
It's ended up in a court battle that has created uncertainty around a project worth more than a billion dollars.
CBC Reporter Greg Rasmussen has just returned from Tumbler Ridge, and brings back the story of the Chinese workers who hope to start a new life here, and the Canadians who say they were qualified to do the work, but were never hired.
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