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.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has created a checklist for the control of COVID-19 in agricultural facilities. This checklist is intended to help prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in agricultural settings. by laying out guidelines for quarantine, assessment and control plans.
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.
July 23rd, 2021
The Public Health Officer (PHO) has issued a new order for industrial work camps. "Work camps" are defined as a place provided by an employer for the accommodation of workers in a congregate setting and include an "industrial camp". Employers are now required to develop a communicable disease prevention plan to replace their COVID-19 protocol.
The requirement for a provincial COVID-19 inspection of accommodations prior to the arrival of workers still remains in place.
Click here for the full PHO order for industrial work camps.
For resources on communicable disease prevention, visit WorkSafeBC's resources webpage.
A number of employers have expressed questions about requirements for group transportation of workers.
It is up to the employer to assess the level of risk transportation may expose to their workers or other individuals. AgSafe is recommending that workers:
- Wash/sanitize hands before entering the vehicle
- Wear a mask while in the vehicle
- Open the windows of the vehicle to allow fresh air to circulate
- Wash/sanitize hands when leaving the vehicle
RELEVANT INFORMATION- 2021 SEASON
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