Alberta held a consultation on easing workplace legislation that impacts farms and ranches. Find out how we participated, and what to expect next!
Earlier this summer, the new Alberta government announced its Farm Freedom and Safety consultation.
Current legislation impacting your farm or ranch was introduced in 2015 as Bill 6, Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers. Unfortunately, Bill 6 was vastly out of touch with the realities of farming and ranching. We know that agriculture is not a “nine-to-five” business, especially during periods of peak production (e.g. harvest, calving season, etc.). Laws that apply to urban workplaces cannot be easily applied to agricultural firms.
Back in 2015, we ensured that your voice was heard on Bill 6, and did achieve some important results. However, the adoption of Bill 6 created a lot of headaches for agri-businesses across our province.
What we are asking for in new legislation:
That is why we were so pleased when the new consultation was announced. We participated in the consultation by in a couple of ways: we responded to the government’s online survey, and we sent a letter to the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Devin Dreeshen, that included plenty of data collected through the surveys you answer. Our feedback to the government focused on providing farmers and ranchers with flexibility, minimizing red tape, and creating common-sense workplace legislation for this unique industry.
Your input has helped to inform the new Farm Freedom and Safety Act that is expected to be introduced later this fall. Our team is looking forward to meeting with Minister Dreeshen and his team in the coming months to further discuss the needs of agriculture businesses in Alberta.
As always, we want to hear from you! If there is anything specific you would like us to voice on your behalf, please reach out to us via email or call us at 1-866-444-9290.