Seasonal Worker Program
COVID-19: Impacts on the Seasonal Worker Program
There have been some important changes to the Seasonal Worker program that effect the upcoming year. Please read below.
BCAC and WALI are working with governments and industry partners to address the impacts of COVID-19 on B.C. agriculture and temporary foreign worker programs. The latest COVID-19 information from WALI is available on their website. Please check their site if information on this page is not updated.
Word of Caution for B.C. Employers
Please remember that some information included in updates from the federal government (e.g., Employment and Social Development Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) or national industry organizations regarding quarantine and COVID testing procedure may not apply in B.C. because of the provincial quarantine program. Please refer to the WALI website for links to the most current information applicable in our province.
LATEST INFORMATION- 2021 SEASON
2020 SEASON (This information will be updated when available)
See here for recommendations given to all farms to meet the orders, notices, and guidance issued by British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer and additional MANDATORY requirements for farms employing Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) and domestic workers (document here to be updated).
April 23, 2020 - All B.C. employers who plan to receive temporary foreign workers will be required to complete the Province's Application to Receive Temporary Foreign Workers before they will be permitted to receive workers. Please also be sure to review and follow the specific protocols from both the federal and provincial governments for domestic and seasonal workers. More info here.
SUBSCRIBE: Producers who employ or are expecting the arrival of temporary foreign workers through the SAWP and/or AgStream programs, please subscribe to the WALI Update email list to receive relevant COVID-19 updates and information. More COVID-19 resources are available on the WALI website.