Program Overview

AgriStability is a business risk management program, designed to provide financial support when producers incur large financial losses. AgriStability allows producers to protect their farm operations from a large margin decline, while stabilizing their farm income. Benefits are based on a 15 per cent or greater decline of the farm's current production year margin compared to a historical average.

New AgriStability Forms

SCIC is bringing the AgriStability program closer to producers.  Starting in 2012 (2011 program year) all participants must submit their supplemental information (inventories, payables, receivables, deferrals and purchased inputs directly to SCIC.  Previously individual participants had to submit this information to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Learn more ...

Interest-free period extended on AgriStability overpayments

The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) wants to advise participants in the AgriStability program the interest-free period for overpayments is being extended. As of January 1, 2012 the collection of interest on overpayments from the AgriStability program will be deferred for one year. Participants with outstanding overpayments from AgriStability will not have interest applied, to the balance owing, during this period...more

RECENTLY RECEIVED INFORMATION: 

Greetings from the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala, Immigration Section.

As many of you have raised the issue that entering “Low Skill Pilot Project” is no possible on the application form, we request that you please enter the option “Other ” when completing part 1 of Section - DETAILS OF INTENDED WORK IN CANADA on your workers’ application forms.

Thank you very much for your collaboration.  

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This information came in to SBA via the Embassy in Guatemala, and applies to beekeepers using Nicaraguan workers under the TFWP

Link to open pdf: 2016 TFWP Nicaraguan workers - SPEED UP PROCESS

Link to open pdf: 2016 TFWP Nicaraguan workers -ENGLISH Recruiters Employer- Seasonal Workers

Link to open pdf: 2016 TFWP Nicaraguan workers - DATES OF WORK IN CANADA-INSTRUCTIONS

Link to open pdf: 2016 TFWP Nicaraguan workers - DATES OF WORK IN CANADA-FORM

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Wage Tables for National Commodities for Agricultural Workers

Please click on the following link to take you to Employment and Social Development Canada's list of Wages by commodity for the Agricultural Stream and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.

http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/agriculture/commodities.shtml#h2.1

New Information re Temporary Foreign Worker Program

No doubt you have heard about changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) announced by Minister Kenney on June 20, 2014. Many of the changes that are coming into play are targeting retail and service industries, rather than agricultural industries. There will be changes to the Agricultural sector, although many of the changes for items such as advertising and 'check-ups' by the government were already coming into place prior to these recent changes. If you currently use the SAWP, there is good news as there appears to be little-to-no changes to the SAWP.

The general changes to the TFWP are outlined below:

  • New categories for the TFWP are: High wage, Low wage, (both relative to the median wage, in Saskathewan it is $21.36/hr); Primary Agricultural Stream; higeast-demand, highest-paid or shortest-duration; and live-in caregiver program. TFW's that are required for beekeeping will be brought in under the Primary Agriculture Stream, and the SAWP will fall under the Primary Agriculture Stream category;
  • The LMO now becomes the LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment). Basically, you will need to search for potential Canadian employees more aggressively, maintain a list of those who apply to the position, record if they are hired or not hired, and for what reason(s) they may not be hired. You may want to start a list of these applicants as it may be required during the LMIA application process;
  • LMIA's will be considered as long as the regional (provincial) unemployment rate is below 6%. Saskatchewan is currently 3.7%;
  • Primary Agricultural Stream will not be required to pay the LMIA processing fee of $1,000;
  • There will be no cap on the number of workers allowed in an operation under Primary Agriculture Stream. This cap on employees is for TFW's coming in under the 'low wage' category;
  • Primary Agricultural Stream will still be allowed to bring in TFW's for 48 cumulative months, with the worker then not allowed to return to Canada for 4 years (no change to this ruling).

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Link to the Employment and Social Development Canada - Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program

Agricultural foreign workers can help producers meet their labour needs during peak agricultural periods when Canadian workers and permanent residents are not available.

Under the program, you can hire workers from Mexico, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

For More Information Please Contact Simon LaLonde @ (306) 931-0155 work, (306) 270-4860 cell, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Occupation Codes (NOC)

APIARY HARVESTER - No Experience (NOC 8431)

APIARY WORKER - 1+ Year Experience (NOC 8431)

APIARY TECHNICIAN - 2+ Years Experience (NOC 8253)

Saskatchewan Beekeepers Hiring Foreign Workers

There have been some changes in the works for the foreign worker program for some time. Some of the changes were announced earlier and others last week when CHC was in Ottawa for meetings with HRSDC and other government agencies.

The temporary move of SK applications for LMO processing to Vancouver is now permanent. They will now process MB and SK along with BC. There is currently a 10 week time frame for processing LMO applications. This processing time will not likely change this year as new staff are trained and they deal with high turnover in this department. They expect this to change in following years.

As well, our commodity now qualifies under the newly created Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) Agriculture Stream of the NOC C & D workers (for low skilled workers). This program closer meshes this program to the Seasonal Agriculture Program (SAWP). Anyone wishing to higher skilled workers will need to go through the standard Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

The 4 Year rule
When choosing which program to use, keep in mind the "4-year rule" came into effect April 2011. The "4-year rule" stipulates that a foreign worker must remain outside the country for 4 years following an accumulated 4 years of work in Canada. This applies to TFWP workers; SAWP workers are exempt because of international agreements between Canada and Mexico.

Job Duties
It is important that your job duties are not overstated and you use the suggested CHC job title and mirror the job duties as close as possible (if they fit your situation). If your job duties differ, HRSDC officers will determine which NOC your worker falls and place them accordingly. The wage will also be adjusted accordingly. I have attached a NOC that CHC has developed with HRSDC for low skilled workers. (download the NOC here). CHC has also been working with HRSDC on 2 other NOC's for low and high skilled (besides "Farm Manager" that had been used in the past). This should help for workers that fall between the low skilled and skilled NOC's currently available to SK beekeepers.

For More Information Please Contact Simon LaLonde @ (306) 931-0155 work(306) 270-4860 cell, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This information came in to SBA via the Embassy in Guatemala, and applies to beekeepers using Nicaraguans workers under the TFWP

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Protect your hives from hungry bears

Compensation is now available through SCIC for bear damage to bee hives and huts, loss of honey production, and loss of honey bees and leaf cutter bee larvae. SBA calls the program "Bear Fence", and each year, a member of the SBA Board is appointed as the SBA Bear Fence Program Coordinator to assist producers of all sizes with their claims. To get you started, click here to download the Electric Fence Form.

 


For assistance, contact the SBA Board Bear Fence representative, Andrew Hamilton cThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (306) 526-9277.

Here is a link to the SCIC webpage (click here) and the fact sheet from SCIC about the program:

SCIC fact sheet - honey bee compensation-page-001

 

For more information, contact:

Dan Baber
Insurance Customer Service
Head Office
Box 3000
484 Prince William Drive
MELVILLE, Saskatchewan
S0A 3P0
306-728-7245
Fax 306-728-7202

IMPORTANT NEWS:

The Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association (SBA), at their last telephone conference call, voted in favour of directing the membership to have their Advance Program Payment (APP) processed through the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) for 2016 and onwards. This change will bring stability to this program for all Saskatchewan beekeepers. It will provide assured access to the APP in a timely manner with minimal delays.

The CCGA administers the APP for 45 farm commodities and manages a portfolio valued at approximately 1.5 billion dollars. The size of this portfolio enables them to offer their services to applicants at a reduced rate. Saskatchewan Beekeepers accessing the APP program through CCGA will have $150.00 deducted from their first advance program payment cheque as their administration fee. This is down from the $375.00 admin fee paid to the SBA in 2015.

The CCGA application forms are well explained on page 1-6 of their application form. The CCGA form also provides a check list for applicants as well as a help line for applicants to aid them in filling out their applications.

What is new for Saskatchewan Beekeepers? Click here for a pdf document with all the details.

APP

The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a financial loan guarantee program that gives producers easier access to credit through cash advances.

This means improved cash flow throughout the year and better opportunities for marketing their agricultural products.

A number of producer organizations across the country are delivering cash advances under the APP. These producer organizations are listed along with the list of agricultural products on which they are offering cash advances at the following link: Participating Producer Organizations. As new producer organizations are ready to deliver the program, they will be listed on the APP Web site.

The Advance Payments Program (APP) provides producers with a cash advance on the value of their agricultural products during a specified period. By improving their cash flow throughout the year, the APP helps producers of honey, as well as crop and livestock producers, meet their financial obligations and benefit from the best market conditions.

Under the APP, the federal government guarantees repayment of cash advances issued to farmers by the producer organization. These guarantees help the producer organization borrow money from financial institutions at lower interest rates and issue producers a cash advance on the anticipated value of their farm product that is being produced and/or that is in storage.

Objectives

Give producers easier access to credit through cash advances.

Available Funding

The cash advance rate cannot exceed 50% of the average market price that the Minister estimates will be payable to producers of the agricultural product in that area. The maximum cash advance available to each producer is $400,000. The federal government pays the interest on the first $100,000 of a cash advance issued to a producer per production period and producers have up until the end of the production period to repay their advance. Please note that the SBA APP Program offers only the interest-free portion of the cash advance ($100,000).

Program Delivery

The APP is accessed through producer organizations that administer the program through an agreement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and a designated lending institution. AAFC publishes a list of Participating Producer Organizations - please see the links above and below on this page.

Producer organisations deliver the APP on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Producers can apply for a cash advance from a producer organization - not directly from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Please refer to the AAFC list of Participating Producer Organizations to locate a producer organization near you that offers cash advances.

Administrative Guidelines

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has developed administration guidelines to assist producer organizations in administering the Advance Payments Program, as well as to clearly outline to them what is necessary for producers to participate in the program.

Act

Click on the links below to take you to the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act and Regulations.

Contact Information

For more information, you can contact a Participating Producer Organization or the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Financial Guarantee Programs Division at the following coordinates.

1341 Baseline Road, Tower 7, 7th Floor
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0C5

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 Toll Free Number: 1-888-346-2511
 TDD/TTY: 613-773-2600

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Importation of Bees in Saskatchewan

Important Notice:
The SBA Board is concerned about the negative impact of bees on comb approved for import into Saskatchewan. Please direct your concerns regarding the importation of bees on comb to the Honourable Lyle Stewart, or our Provincial Specialist in apiculture Geoff Wilson