B.C. Farm Worker Safe Isolation Program

The B.C. Farm Worker Safe Isolation Program (FWSIP) is an employer reimbursement program for the costs related to safe voluntary isolation of farm workers in B.C. This population includes interprovincial workers, international workers, and B.C. residents working away from home. This program provides funding to agriculture employers to support the cost of safely isolating a farm worker in a hotel/motel.

Agriculture employers may apply for up to a maximum of $3,000.00 per farm worker supported to safely isolate in a hotel/motel between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.  The $3,000.00 maximum per worker is based on a full 14-day isolation period. If the self-isolation period is less than 14 days, the maximum funding amount is reduced, please see the Eligible Expenses section of the Program Guide (link below) for full details

Employers providing worker accommodation, including on-site camping, are responsible for providing accommodation and supporting the day-to-day needs (e.g. food) of workers who are required by the Health Authority to self-isolate. Employers may support the self-isolation of farm workers in on-farm accommodation if the accommodation meets the public health requirements for safe-isolation. If there is insufficient accommodation for self-isolation on the farm, the employer must support the worker to isolate in a hotel or motel. This program provides funding to support the cost of safely isolating a worker in a hotel/motel. The program is providing funding support for an existing employer obligation. Costs related to safely isolating a worker in on-farm accommodations are not eligible through this program and are the responsibility of the employer.

The program provides reimbursement to eligible agriculture employer applicants for eligible costs related to farm workers who are required to self-isolate in accordance with the B.C. Provincial Health Officer’s COVID-19 orders or the direction of a Health Authority. 

Applicant eligibility and eligible costs for reimbursement are described in the Program Guide.  To participate in the program, please read this FWSIP Program Guide carefully and ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements. Please review the eligible expenses and the declaration that must be signed and submitted along with the claim form. 

How to apply

  1. Please carefully review the Program details provided in the Program Guide and the Application Form and Claim Form to determine your eligibility. 
  2. Submit a completed Application and Claim Form to AGRI.SIP@gov.bc.ca.
  3. If your application is approved, the Ministry will provide you with an Acceptance Letter and process your claim.

Program documents:

1. Program Guide (PDF, 322 KB)

2. Application and Claim Form Section 1 and 2 (for single worker) (PDF, 329 KB)

  • Please use if you are submitting a claim for the safe isolation of one worker

3a. Application and Claim Form Section 1 and 2  (for multiple workers) (PDF, 293 KB)

3b. Application and Claim Excel Form Section 3 and 4  (for multiple workers) (XLSX, 17 KB)

  • Please use the 3a. and 3b. to submit a single claim for the isolation of multiple workers.  

If you have any questions, contact the Program Administrator at AGRI.SIP@gov.bc.ca

Tous les documents du programme sont disponibles en français sur demande. Veuillez contacter AGRI.SIP@gov.bc.ca pour demander les matériaux en français ou pour plus d'informations.

Public Health Agency of Canada

This project is made possible through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Ce projet est rendu possible grâce au financement de l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada.

Frequently asked questions

No. The Provincial Hotel Quarantine Program continues to operate.  Funding for TFW quarantine is not eligible under this program.  This program is to support the safe self-isolation of farmworkers already living on a farm or workcamp who have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or are directed to isolate by the Health Authority.

 

Can I get funding for the costs of self-isolation of a farm worker on the farm in  which they reside while working?

No. This program is only to support costs incurred in the case that there is not a safe or sufficient space available on the farm for worker(s) to self-isolate and the employer must coordinate the isolation of the worker in a hotel/motel.

No. You do not disclose the vaccination status of the worker as part of this program.  We strongly encourage all workers to be vaccinated and employers to support their workers to be vaccinated (unless there is a valid medical reason not to).