Amendments to the Enhanced Protection for Farm & Ranch Workers Act, confirm the government's intent to exclude farm & ranch owners - plus their families - from Occupational Health & Safety as well as mandatory Workers' Compensation Board coverage.
The amendments state that Workers Compensation benefits and Occupational Health and Safety rules will only apply on farms that have paid workers.
Farms that are run by families, even families that pay their kin to work, will be exempt. That is the opposite of what the government promised three weeks ago when it introduced Bill 6.
Jobs Minister Lori Sigurdson says that information was wrong and that the amendments reflect the government's long-standing policy position.
Opposition Wildrose and Progressive Conservative members say the message remains confusing and that the bill should be pulled pending further consultation with farmers.