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SILVICULTURE LABOUR FORCE STRATEGY

Helping employers to provide safe, inclusive, and welcoming workplace

The labour force strategy for British Columbia’s silviculture sector aims to address key drivers reshaping the industry, including climate change, Indigenous reconciliation, and enhancing worker opportunities. It emphasizes the need for safer, more inclusive workplaces while promoting cultural awareness and skill development among employees. Through targeted training and education initiatives, the strategy seeks to mitigate climate-related risks, improve Indigenous relations, and attract a more diverse workforce. The implementation plan includes tailored programs for wildfire safety, Indigenous community engagement, and ongoing evaluation to ensure effectiveness and sustainability.

Labour Market Strategy For The Silviculture Industry – January 13, 2022

The Western Forestry Contractors’ Association engaged Qatalyst Research Group to: Undertake research on the composition of the labour force and workforce development issues related to recruitment and retention; and Develop a labour market strategy that is focused, pragmatic, actionable, and supported by the industry and other key stakeholders. The sectors within silviculture include nurseries, tree-planting, brushing & spacing, consulting foresters, and wildfire fighting. Download the full...

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Employment Standards Amendment for the Employment of Young People

The British Columbia Ministry of Labour has approved amendments to the Employment Standards Regulation identifying work that is considered too hazardous for children and young people to perform. The amendments have now been approved and come into force on January 1, 2023. The regulation completes the work started with the 2019 amendments to the Employment Standards Act, to bring BC into line with international labour standards and other Canadian jurisdictions by ensuring that children and...

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Legislation Text and Interpretation re: BC paid personal Illness or Injury Leave

Summary This section explains under what circumstances an employee qualifies for personal illness or injury Announced 24 November 2021 https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PREM0073-002235 Comes into effect 1 January 2022 Text of Legislation 49.1 (1) After 90 consecutive days of employment with an employer, an employee, for personal illness or injury, is entitled in each employment year, to     (a) paid leave up to the number of days prescribed, and     (b) unpaid leave for...

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2021 Silviculture LMI Research Final Report (10/25/2021)

The Western Forestry Contractors’ Association engaged Qatalyst Research Group to: • Undertake research on the composition of the labour force and workforce development issues related to recruitment and retention. This document is the final report summarizing the results of that research. • Develop a labour market strategy for the silviculture industry that is focused, pragmatic, actionable, and supported by the industry and other key stakeholders. The sectors of the BC economy that are...

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The Western Forestry Contractors’ Association – A Statement of Our Commitment to Improving Workplace Safety and Preventing Harassment and Violence in Treeplanting and Other Forestry Work. (02/28/2020)

One of the things that makes planting trees in Canada exceptional is the number of women who make up the seasonal workforce compared to the rest of the resource sectors. A 2015 B.C. labour market survey estimated women share nearly half the sector’s hard work and conditions. As a result, thousands of young women have grown strong, grown independent, made good money, and made good friends planting trees. But the egalitarianism of the work may not be true in all respects. With thousands of young...

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What’s Happening with Workplace Harassment and Violence in Tree Planting and Forestry? (02/07/2020)

Over the past 4 years, the Western Forestry Contractors Association (WFCA) and the BC Safe Forestry Program (BCSFP) have been prioritizing sexual harassment and assault as a key health and safety concern in our industry. In each of the past four years, we have hosted presentations and workshops on this topic at the annual WFCA conference. The WFCA and the BCSFP recognize that sexual assault represents a clear health and safety hazard for workers, as a specific form of workplace violence....

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2019 Annual Business and Market Summit Communique (10/15/2019)

With next year’s 40-million seedling increase—almost all of it concentrated in the already busy spring planting window—all of us in B.C. reforestation, not just contractors, are headed into uncharted territory. It doesn’t mean we are all lost. But it does mean 2020, with its estimated total 308 million seedlings (or more), will not be a business-as-usual year for any of us. Read more here.

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