Guidelines for Silviculture Contractors
This information is provided as a guide to the Employment Standards Act (the "Act") and the Employment Standards Regulations as they apply to the silviculture industry.
Section 28 of the Act requires employers to keep daily records. These records must be kept for each employee, and must include the number of trees planted, hectares spaced, weeded or brushed, the unit price per tree or hectare, the total hours worked, and the daily camp costs. In order to preclude disputes arising at a later date, both employees and employers should sign off the records confirming this information on a per pay period basis.
The guidelines acknowledge that the standard of compensation in the silviculture industry is a piece rate structure and that there are external factors that impact when and how work must be undertaken.
The following definitions to the left set out the application of the Act with respect to this industry.