F.A.R.M.S Appointment of Representative:
F.A.R.M.S. role is viewed as that of a third party to administer the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. A valid F.A.R.M.S. Appointment of Representative, completed and signed is required to be on file for each employer. This document provides authorization to F.A.R.M.S. to undertake on behalf of the employer the necessary steps to edit, process and disseminate order information locally and abroad.
The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications MUST be completed in full, signed and either mailed or faxed to F.A.R.M.S. The application goes through a clearance process and when complete with all attachments it is sent to Service Canada. F.A.R.M.S. is available to assist with completing the initial and subsequent applications. A separate application is required for each type of request and country.
The Employment Contract:
Employers are required to submit the applicable Agreement for the Employment in Canada of Seasonal Agricultural Workers with each Labour Market Impact Assessment Application submitted.
At the end of each year a summary of all the workers employed in that season is sent to each employer. Employers are asked to use the summary to identify named workers. Where multiple start dates are requested place the job start date beside the worker name. Draw a line through the names not being requested for that date or who may be requested on a separate order. Send the summary of worker names to F.A.R.M.S. with the completed application.
NOTE: THE APPLICATION, BOTTOM OF FIRST PAGE, CONTAINS A ‘SUBSTITUTE CHECK BOX’ AND IF YOU DO NOT WANT A ‘SUBSTITUTE’ WORKER TO TRAVEL IN PLACE OF A NAMED WORKER THIS BOX MUST BE CHECKED. THIS IS AN EMPLOYER DECISION. EMPLOYERS MUST KEEP IN MIND THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF UNUSED SEATS IF CANAG IS NOTIFIED OF ‘NO SUBSTITUTE’ WITHIN 14 DAYS OF THE FLIGHT DATE.
F.A.R.M.S. Administration Fee:
Payment is required at the time of placing an application.
Administration Fee is $40.00 plus 13% HST per worker arrival or transfer. The fee can be paid by cheque or by credit card by contacting F.A.R.M.S. directly at 1-866-271-0862.
DEADLINE TO PLACE AN LMIA
F.A.R.M.S. can appreciate and understand why employers question the need to place applicaitons so far in advance of the job start, however, this chart is very necessary guideline. There is no way of knowing what delays in a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application may encounter from start to finish. Please keep in mind your cooperation in meeting these deadlines will assist in ensuring sufficient time is being allotted to each part of the process on your behalf.
TIMEFRAME TO PLACE A REQUEST FOR SEASONAL WORKERS
REQUEST TO ARRIVE
01 to 31 JANUARY - TIMEFRAME 05 – 26 SEPTEMBER
01 to 28 FEBRUARY - TIMEFRAME 03 – 10 OCTOBER
01 to 15 MARCH - TIMEFRAME 11 – 28 OCTOBER
16 to 31 MARCH - TIMEFRAME 02 – 15 NOVEMBER
01 to 30 APRIL - TIMEFRAME 16 NOVEMBER - 01 DECEMBER
01 to 31 MAY - MUST be received - FEBRUARY 1st
01 to 30 JUNE - MUST be received - MARCH 1st
01 to 31 JULY - MUST be received - APRIL 1st
01 to 31 AUGUST - MUST be received - MAY 2nd
01 to 30 SEPTEMBER - MUST be received - JUNE 1st
YOUR COOPERATION IN MEETING THESE DEADLINE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE OF GREAT ASSISTANCE IN FULFILLING YOUR LABOUR REQUEST. NOTE - PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS IS DEPENDANT ON COMPLETENESS AND VOLUME RECEIVED, PARTICULARLY IN DECEMBER.