I came to Canada to work on a farm. What are my rights?

1. Make sure you’re a farm employee

The rules about working on a farm can be complicated. The people you work with might have different rights than you do, even if you're doing similar tasks.

You're a farm employee if you spend most of your time:

  • growing fruit, vegetables, or tobacco, or
  • caring for farm animals.

This includes tasks like planting, watering, keeping greenhouses at the correct temperature, and feeding animals.

It does not include things such as canning, preserving, or preparing food.

You have different rights if you spend most of your time picking food from plants that are fully grown. If this is what you do, you're likely what the law calls a “harvester”. Read more in I came to Canada to pick and harvest crops. What are my rights?

It does not matter what your boss calls your job. The important thing is the type of work that you do. This can change from week to week. You might work as a farm worker for a while and then as a harvester.

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