2014 AG Stream and SAWP Wage Rates
The 2014 wage rates for both the AG Stream and SAWP have now been released by HRSDC. Please click the link below to access them.
Labour Committee Update Fall 2013
The BCA labour committee has been active on many different fronts to ensure the members are well represented as well as up to speed on what is currently happening with all labour issues in Canada. The following PDF document is the latest report from the board.
MP Template Letter, 4 and 4 rule
The federal government has changed the rules regarding how long seasonal workers that enter Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program can actually stay in Canada. Once a seasonal foreign worker was accumulated 4 years of time worked in Canada, they will not be allowed to enter Canada for 4 years. Note, this only applies to seasonal workers coming in under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and not the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program. The Beekeepers Commission of Alberta board strongly recommends that all members use the draft letter created by the labour committee and send it to their MP.
Important Update Regarding the Hiring of Foreign Workers Spring 2013
Service Canada Temporary Worker Program Application Forms
Please be aware that when you are filling in your application forms for worker, ensure that the forms are the most up to date version available on the HRSDC website. These forms are always changing, and if you apply with an out of date form your submission will be denied.
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) Updates for 2011
Signed Letter from Alberta from Alberta Transportation regarding Licensing of Temporary Foreign Workers
Please find attached the signed letter from Alberta Transportation regarding what is required for Temporary Foreign Workers to drive motor vehicles while working in Alberta. Please note that all Alberta Traffic Safety Act rules apply to these workers that will be driving within Alberta. Failure to do so is not covered under this signed letter.
National Occupation Codes (NOC)
Information for hiring workers from the Philippines
Temporary Foreign Workers - Service Canada Changes
Temporary Foreign Worker Insurance Program - 2012
The ABC has renewed its agreement with the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association (CNLA), whereby members can continue to participate in the ‘HortProtect’ insurance program for their foreign workers. The insurance program provides a group insurance plan for temporary foreign worker’s private health/medical benefits, who do not participate in the Seasonal Agricultural Work Program (SAWP) i.e. Filipinos, Nicaraguans etc.
Details of the insurance package are on the attached pdf. file, including an ‘electronic’ brochure and application forms with contact information. The insurance coverage summary details all the benefits and coverage amounts, including...
- Participation in the insurance plan is open to all ‘eligible producers’ of the Alberta Beekeepers Commission.
- Coverage for hospital/medical expenses to a maximum amount of $500,000.00.
- A benefit for repatriation of a worker’s remains in the event of death of $5,000.00.
- A monthly premium of $55.00 per month, per (single) person up to the age of 65, plus applicable taxes.
- Members should be aware that the ‘HortProtect’ insurance program contains exclusions/limitations of coverage when their workers are temporarily working out of the province. Ultimately, the insurer needs to be advised when the worker leaves the province, whereby coverage will only be provided for 30 days and coverage’s may be limited (i.e. a medical procedure completed in BC will be reimbursed based on guideline costs for the same procedure completed in AB, but we have been told there is really not much difference in medical procedure costs between provinces). Members who have their workers outside of the province of Alberta working temporarily, should contact Debbie Buck at The Investment Guild – 1.800.459.8990 email@example.com, for more detailed information.
- It is important that members have WCB coverage for their employees, since the plan contains an exclusion of coverage for ‘work related’ injuries or illnesses.
The brochure and application forms contain all the information that members should need to easily sign up their workers.
Labour Committee Member