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Report/Press release

A dirty business: The exclusion of Alberta farm workers from injury compensation




Bob Barnetson


The report concludes by identifying four strategies available to advocates seeking basic workers’ compensation benefits for farm workers. Farm workers may be able to generate increased employer interest in the liability protection provided by workers’ compensation by suing employers for workrelated
injuries. Farm worker advocates may also exert political pressure on the government by highlighting how Canadian farm workers have worse access to workers’ compensation coverage than do international migrant workers. It is also possible to challenge the constitutionality of the farm worker exclusion. Finally, farm worker advocates may be able to exert labour market pressure on employers by publicizing working conditions on individual farms via social media.

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Responsible institution

Parkland Institute

Place published



Voir surtout les pp. 5, 8, 10, 19 et 20, de même que les commentaires juridiques retrouvés aux notes 75 et 78, notamment.

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Economic sectors

Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general

Content types

Policy analysis, Current Policy, and Numbers of migrant workers

Target groups

Policymakers and Researchers

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, Nova Scotia, and National relevance