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FACTSHEET

 March 7, 2013

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
and Responsible for Labour

 

The facts on farm workers in B.C.

 

VICTORIA – B.C.’s labour laws and workplace safety standards apply to all workers regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

 

How the Employment Standards Branch protects farm workers:

 

How WorkSafeBC keeps farm workers safe:


 

 

Response to the 2007 van crash in Abbotsford:

o   Prohibits growers from using unlicensed farm labour contractors.

o   Allows for the cancellation or suspension of a farm labour contractor’s licence if relevant WorkSafeBC and/or motor vehicle laws and regulations are violated.

o   Makes farm labour contractors liable for the costs paid by government to provide safe alternative transportation for stranded workers when an unsafe vehicle is taken out of service during roadside inspections.

o   Eleven recommendations are complete.

o   Alternative action was taken on three recommendations.

o   Work is ongoing on three more.

o   A chart outlining these responses can be read at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/farmworkers/attachments/jury_recommendations.pdf

 

Response to 2008 mushroom farm incident in Langley

 

 

Contact:

 

Media Relations

Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour

250 387-2799

 

 

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