The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act passed on June 5, 2017. It included changes to the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code that will apply to farms and ranches. These changes considered input from the farm and ranch technical working groups, which reviewed employment standards and labour relations, as well as the public.

Most changes that affect farms and ranches will come into effect on January 1, 2018, with the exception of the availability of Public Emergency Tribunals, which took effect on June 7, 2017, and changes to youth employment standards, which will be proclaimed after additional engagement with stakeholders including the agricultural community.

The Government of Alberta has developed a FAQs document to help inform producers, which has been posted to the Farm Safety section of EFA’s producer website.