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If you have an employee on your family farm, provincial occupational health and safety legislation 
will apply on your farm. Make sure you known the rules.

On-farm occupational health and safety

Some of these rules apply to your farm. Find out what you need to know

If you employ anyone other than family on your farm, you need to know that provincial occupational health and safety rules apply to you. Some farmers believe that they are exempt from these rules if they aren’t enrolled in Workers Compensation, or if they are purely a family farm with one or two employees. This […] Read more

How to enrol your farm workers in WCB

Farm Management: Now that you want to sign your farm up for Workers Comp, here’s the “how to”

Now that you know why you should enrol your farm in Workers’ Comp here’s how to do it. In Alberta, applying is as easy as visiting the Workers’ Compensation Board Alberta website (www.wcb.ab.ca). There’s a search engine on the main page. If you search for “farm,” you’ll get to a page called “Farming Coverage.” Right […] Read more


Why should you enrol your farm in WCB?

Farm Management: Even when it’s not mandatory, there are good reasons to enrol in Workers Comp

In some of the Prairie provinces it is mandatory for farmer employers to sign up for Workers Compensation (WCB) for their workers. In Manitoba, it’s been mandatory since 2009. Some farmers still haven’t signed up or don’t realize that they need to. “Way back when, before medicare and before WCB, if a worker was injured […] Read more

Alta. to tweak farm worker bill for ‘clarity’

With consultations only just out of the gate and the legislation awaiting second reading, the Alberta government already plans to amend Bill 6, its farm and ranch worker protection bill, for “greater clarity.” While not mentioning recent vocal protests over the bill, provincial Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson announced Tuesday the bill will be amended to “make clear what […] Read more


Alta. farm bill applies to paid workers only, minister says

UPDATED, Nov. 28, 2015 — New legislation applying Alberta’s rules on workplace standards and workers’ compensation to farm workers is meant for farms’ paid employees — not for family members or neighbours helping out on family farms. The province’s labour minister has said as much after stormy early going in the government’s consultations on Bill […] Read more