B.C. Farm Worker Safe Isolation Program

The B.C. Farm Worker Safe Isolation Program (FWSIP) is an employer reimbursement program for costs related to the safe voluntary isolation of farm workers in B.C.

Last updated: April 14, 2022

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Program details

FWSIP supports the safe self-isolation of farm workers who have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or are directed to isolate by a Health Authority. This includes interprovincial workers, international workers and B.C. residents working away from home.

Employers who accommodate workers, including through on-site camping, are responsible for supporting the accommodations and day-to-day needs (e.g. food) of self-isolating workers. This program provides funding to eligible agriculture employers to safely isolate the worker in a hotel or motel if there is insufficient accommodation for self-isolation on the farm. Costs related to safely isolating a worker in on-farm accommodations are not eligible through this program and remain the responsibility of the employer.

The program only supports the isolation of workers already living on a farm or work camp. It does not provide support for Temporary Foreign Worker quarantines, or cover the cost of wages for self-isolating workers who are unable to work.

Agriculture employers may apply for up to a maximum of $3,000 for each farm worker supported to safely isolate in a hotel or motel between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2023. The maximum funding amount is based on a full 14-day isolation period. If the self-isolation period is less than 14 days, the amount is reduced. Refer to the Eligible Expenses section of the Program Guide for full details.

The worker's vaccination status does not affect eligibility for this program. We strongly encourage all workers to be vaccinated and employers to support their workers to be vaccinated.

How to apply

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

Program documents

Review the program guide to determine your eligibility and ensure you meet the requirements.

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.