Category: Bill 6 – Enhancement of Protection of Farm and Ranch Workers

What’s next for Alberta’s farm and ranch sector: Minister Carlier

Since May 2015, when Alberta elected Rachel Notley and the NDP as its government, the province’s farmers and ranchers have had some adjusting to do. Legislative changes, such as Bill 6, have not been without controversy, but we perhaps haven’t seen the sweeping changes many feared. Still, farmers are dealing with depressed commodity markets and… Read more »

Seeing safety as the ‘sustainability imperative’

Gord Winkel’s occupational history revolves largely around Alberta’s oil sands, having managed operations for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil and Syncrude Canada. And he’s now bringing his experience in oil and gas workplace safety to the agriculture sector. Currently the University of Alberta’s chair and Industrial Professor of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, Winkel is also the facilitator… Read more »

Bill 17 follows up on Bill 6, gives Alberta farm workers the right to unionize — Interview with Oneil Carlier

Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 17, the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act, which updates Alberta’s Labour Code and Employment Standards Code. Since the bill covers all workers in Alberta, it requires some further digging to parse out what applies to agriculture and farms. On Friday, Shaun Haney spoke with Oneil Carlier, Minister of… Read more »

New Alberta workplace bill would expand employment standards, allow unionizing on farms

The Alberta government has introduced legislation to overhaul workplace rules across the province, including expanding labour relations rights and employment standards rules to non-family farm workers. Bill 17, named the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, received its first reading on Wednesday. If passed, most of it would take effect on January 1, 2018. While many… Read more »

Alberta Gov’t Asks for Feedback on Bill 6 Working Group Recommendations

Albertans are being asked to provide feedback on recommendations made by two of the working groups looking at how Bill 6 could apply to farms and ranches. Since the introduction of the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act in November 2015, farmers across Alberta, and even other provinces, have criticized the government’s plan to implement tighter labour… Read more »

Alberta’s Minister of Labour Explains Role of Bill 6 Working Groups

When the Bill 6 town halls started in the fall, Christina Gray was a private member in Alberta’s Legislature, under the New Democratic Party. Now, she’s Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal. That means, part of her portfolio involves work with the Enhancement of Protection of Farm and Ranch Workers. On Friday,… Read more »

Alberta’s Ag Minister “Quite Proud” of the Balance of the Bill 6 Working Groups

Last week, Alberta’s government announced details on the Enhancement of Protection of Farm and Ranch Workers Act technical working groups who will bring forward recommendations on what standards will look like under the legislation. After waiting months for the announcement, many in the agriculture community are critical of the government’s plan, including who was or wasn’t invited to participate. The AgCoalition,… Read more »

Alberta Government Releases Details on Bill 6 Working Groups

The Alberta Government today announced details on the Enhancement of Protection of Farm and Ranch Workers Act (Bill 6) working groups, including that the members for those groups have been selected. “The nomination process to these working groups has identified a broad and diverse range of voices from the farm and ranch sector to provide… Read more »

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Alberta Farm Worker WCB

We ran a poll last week asking Alberta producers if they were procrastinating or protesting the mandatory sign up for WCB. You can see from the results that 28% of respondents say they refuse to sign up for a WCB account based on their personal principles. It’s been brought to my attention that I misinterpreted… Read more »

Alberta Farmers Slow to Open WCB Accounts — Procrastination or Protest?

The year is definitely flying by very fast. It only seems like yesterday that famers were rallying about Bill 6 and expressing their displeasure with the possibility of being legislated to offer Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage to employees. As we approach the end of April we are encroaching on the deadline set by the Alberta… Read more »

Criticism of Alberta Farm Safety Advisory Council Being Cut is Overblown

Last week when the Alberta Government released its budget, certain third party agencies and councils were relieved of their duties. Much of the focus was on the death of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), but there were others put to rest. The Alberta Farm Safety Advisory Council was also cut and dismissed. What? A… Read more »

Ag Minister Agrees to Work With Alberta’s AgCoalition on Safety

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier has agreed to work with a coalition of farm groups to improve farm and ranch safety in the province. The Alberta Agriculture Farm and Ranch Safety Coalition, or the “AgCoalition,” was formed in response to Bill 6 — the Alberta government’s new farm labour legislation. The group aims to provide… Read more »

Alberta’s AgCoalition Gets Organized for Bill 6 Consultations

A coalition of Alberta farm groups formed in response to the province’s new farm labour legislation is getting itself organized. The Alberta Agriculture Farm and Ranch Safety Coalition, or the “AgCoalition” as it’s known, announced a formalized governance structure, communications protocol and plans for involvement in provincial consultations today. The group’s mandate is to “unify… Read more »

ABIC, Coalition Meetings and Feedlot Assessments — An Update from the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association

Bryan Walton, CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, and general manager of the National Cattle Feeders’ Association, joins us for an update on cattle feeder news, including: the Alberta Beef Industry Conference, the agriculture coalition in Alberta, and a new feedlot assessment tool. Alberta Beef Industry Conference The Alberta Beef Industry Conference kicked off… Read more »

Don’t We Expect the Alberta Government to Be More Inclusive?

Do you think of yourself as an inclusive person? Are you able to tolerate and embrace the behaviors or beliefs of a wide array of people?  Are you able to consider people’s thoughts that are not the same as your own? Do you only respect people that agree with or support your opinions? Are you an… Read more »