Ag minister clarifies farm workers act

The Alberta government believes all workers should be safe, including those who work on farms and ranches, and I know Albertans feel the same. That’s why government created the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. It is intended to bring the protection and compensation of waged, non-family farm and ranch workers in line […] Read more


AgCoalition formed in Alta. to work on farm worker bill

A coalition of 30 Alberta commodity groups has developed a strategy to deal with upcoming consultations on the controversial Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. The AgCoalition, which represents crop and livestock boards and commissions, set up an email address for farmers’ questions, and a website with more information is coming about the […] Read more


Students give Alberta ag minister earful on Bill 6

RED DEER — Agriculture groups can wait for weeks or months for an appointment with a government minister. Nine Olds College students had Alberta agriculture minister Oneil Carlier’s ear for an hour during a bear pit session at the Alberta Federation of Agriculture meeting. The group talked about social license, becoming an agriculture promoter, shelter […] Read more



Alberta launches survey; seeks input on Bill 6

RED DEER, Alta. — An online survey by Alberta crop commissions hopes to gather farmer input about new farm safety legislation. Within hours of the survey being released Jan. 15, more than 300 people had filled out the survey, a sign farmers are interested in helping to shape the controversial farm bill, said Kent Erickson, […] Read more


Bill 6 passes: anger ‘all out of proportion’

The bill, designed to protect paid farm workers, sparked protests and threats against members of the NDP government

Farmers drove their trucks down highways, parked their tractors outside meeting halls, carried signs on pitchforks, created Facebook pages and presented more than 22,000 signatures in the legislature, all in an effort to kill a controversial Alberta farm worker bill. But in the end, Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, […] Read more



Bill 6 – Dec. 17 – Bill 6 passes: anger ‘all out of proportion’

UPDATED: December 18, 2015 – 1200CST – Farmers drove their trucks down highways, parked their tractors outside meeting halls, carried signs on pitchforks, created Facebook pages and presented more than 22,000 signatures in the legislature, all in an effort to kill a controversial Alberta farm worker bill. (Full story is here, or scroll down) Side […] Read more


Alberta NDP gov’t passes Bill 6

Alberta’s controversial farm safety legislation debate ended as the government majority passed Bill 6. The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act passed third reading today 44-29. A Wildrose proposal to hoist the bill and send it to committee to be studied for six months was voted down. All WP Bill 6 coverage here. […] Read more


Government must stop Bill 6 until consultation complete

Alberta’s NDP government has bungled Bill 6. The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act has galvanized agriculture into unprecedented opposition, and with good reason. Almost every Alberta farm and commodity group has publicly criticized the government’s lack of consultation on the bill. Most have also asked the government to halt readings and assent […] Read more



Alberta Beef Producers has misgivings about Bill 6

Delegates to Alberta Beef Producers are uneasy about the implications of the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. The provincial government amended Bill 6 Dec. 7, promising to exclude farm and ranch owners and their families from mandatory Occupational Health and Safety rules and mandatory Workers’ Compensation Board coverage. Mandatory coverage goes into […] Read more


Farm groups speak out on Alberta’s Bill 6, Alberta’s proposed farm labour changes

Many agricultural and rural groups in Alberta have issued public responses to Bill 6, the Alberta government’s Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. Here is a summary of their views. Alberta Federation of Agriculture The federation said it has met with government officials to discuss farm safety but without detail. “Specific information relating […] Read more