Farm safety consultation wraps up

Alberta government expects to introduce Farm Freedom and Safety Act in fall

Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen has wrapped up his farm safety consultation road trip.

Dreeshen said he put 8,000 kilometres on his truck meeting with almost 1,000 farmers, ranchers and workers to gather input for the replacement of the NDP’s controversial Bill 6.

“We’re taking this feedback and building common-sense farm safety legislation that works for the people, not against them,” said Dreeshen in a statement Friday.

His department is now compiling the input from 25 consultation sessions and is working with Alberta Labour and Immigration on data analysis, policy options and potential legislation.

The Farm Freedom and Safety Act is expected to be introduced during the fall session of the legislature.

Besides more than two dozen face-to-face meetings, 1,200 online submissions were received by the end of August.

The government is preparing a document summarizing key findings from the consultation and will be posting it on the government’s website,

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