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Canning, packaging or freezing of fruits and vegetables

Workers assigned to canning, packaging and freezing fruits and vegetables, whether seasonal or not, have the same rights under the Loi sur les normes du travail as all workers and are covered in the event of a work accident or occupational disease.

During the harvest period

During the harvest period, workers assigned to canning, packaging and freezing fruits and vegetables are paid at a single rate for all hours worked. Even if they work more than the standard 40-hour work week, they do not work overtime.

After the harvest period

Outside the harvest period, these workers must be paid at time and a half starting from the 41st hour worked.

The harvest periods

The harvest period is the time when farm products are harvested or picked. This period may vary from year to year, depending on the farm business, the region it is located in and the type of crops grown there. For example, spinach is harvested in early summer, raspberries in July, and cranberries and pumpkins in the fall.

In a greenhouse, the harvest period could be spread out over the entire year if the product is harvested at all times.


Special conditions apply to temporary foreign workers hired under the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP).

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