Farm Workers' Inter-Agency Compliance Committee


Woman picking cherriesThe Province of British Columbia is committed to ensuring worker safety and enforcing employment standards for all workers, including those in the agricultural sector.

The Agriculture Inter-Agency Committee was formed in May, 2007 to ensure that the rights and safety of workers in the agriculture sector are protected. Building on the work of industry and several provincial ministries and agencies, the Committee focuses on education, prevention, and enforcement. Its terms of reference (PDF 19KB) include improved information sharing and coordination of enforcement activities.

On December 11, 2007 a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 149KB) was signed between the Ministry of Labour (Employment Standards Branch), WorkSafeBC, the Ministry of Transportation (Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement), the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and the BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) on behalf of its Member Organizations.

As part of government's continuing commitment to enhance safety for farm workers the Farmworkers' Inter-Agency Committee is continuing with roadside inspections.

The latest statistics related to these inspections are available on a quarterly basis. 

Government Response to the 2009 Coroner's Inquest Jury Recommendations

On March 7, 2007, a van carrying 17 people (16 farmworkers and a driver) was involved in a motor vehicle accident near Abbotsford, B.C. that resulted in the deaths of three workers and injuries to the other 14 occupants.

From December 7 to 11, 2009, the Office of the Chief Coroner held an inquest into the deaths resulting in the jury responding with 18 recommendations affecting various ministries and agencies of the provincial government. These documents provide information about the provincial government's response to the 2009 coroner's recommendations.

For the government's letter of response in English, click 2009 Coroner's Jury Recommendation Response (PDF, 436KB).

For the government's letter of response in Punjabi, click 2009 Coroner's Jury Recommendation Response (PDF, 74KB).

Mandate

The mandate of the Committee will be to provide leadership and a forum for coordination and collaboration of enforcement activities between the agencies where appropriate. The Committee will consolidate data from the each agency, and facilitate information sharing.
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