Fighting for workers' rights in Alberta's agricultural sector


 More than 50,000 Albertans work in the agricultural sector. They account for 2.6 per cent of our workforce — and until this legislation was introduced, they had few legal protections in their workplace. One in five agricultural workers in Alberta work at worksites with more than 20 employees.

And despite the fact that farming has become more and more industrialized, workers in agriculture do not have the right to a safe workplace, the right to form a union, the right to refuse unsafe work, or the right to be compensated if they are injured. 

Those egregious omissions are being dealt with by Alberta's new government with Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, which is set to come into force early in 2016. 

Under legislation Alberta’s agricultural businesses will be forced to comply with the same laws and legislations that govern all other businesses in the province, including Alberta’s Occupational Health & Safety Act, Traffic Safety Act, Workers’ Compensation Act, and Labour Code.


Click HERE for answers to frequently asked questions about Bill 6.

Provide your feedback to the government HERE.

Read Op-Ed, At last there's justice in Alberta's farm fields, by Gil McGowan HERE.

Click HERE to see the AFL press release on Bill 6.

For further analysis on Bill 6 and farm workers, click HERE.

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  • commented 2016-03-11 22:09:27 -0700
    Is the AFL going to be involved in the consultations set to start later this month?
  • commented 2016-01-24 12:10:52 -0700
    You are right Nola, the majority of the 50,000 farm and ranch workers, 80 to 90 percent, are owner operators. They are the people who have been out protesting the lack of consultation, with them, the stakeholders, before the NDP’s passage of Bill C6.
  • commented 2016-01-22 07:23:35 -0700
    If 1 in 5 work at worksites of more than 20 employees, then maybe those are the sites that AFL and this government should be looking at. I think the ‘50,000’ is askewed and would include a lot of owner operators too. Leave the small ‘under 20’ alone! Also, involve and listen to non-union farmworkers!