VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province’s Temporary Foreign Worker Quarantine Program will be ending on March 31st.
With the program ending, the easing of federal travel restrictions and 97 per cent of incoming workers being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, arriving workers will now travel directly to their farms and the employers will be responsible for ensuring federal requirements are met.
Self-isolation of temporary foreign workers support will still be available through the B.C. Farm Worker Safe Isolation Program. This program reimburses employers to a maximum of $3,000 per farm worker, based on a 14-day isolation period, used for costs to do with accommodation and other supports for the workers who need to self-isolate.
The program included funding for accommodations, culturally appropriate meals, laundry, volunteer-led wellness walks, interpretation and translation services, health screening and other necessary supports.
It was provincially funded through a $47 million investment to ensure farms had access to the labour they needed and local food could continue to be grown and harvested.
Over 15,000 workers have gone through the program with 233 being diagnosed with COVID-19 while quarantined.