Program Updates


SAWP 2021 NEWS

Posted on December 8, 2020

2021 SAWP EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Please see the Forms section.

 

ADVERTISING is now required for SAWP LMIA applications. Please advertise a minimum of 14 days within the last 3 months from when you submit your application.

HOUSING inspection reports, approved within the last 8 months are now required for 2021 SAWP LMIA applications.

JANUARY 1, 2021 – ONTARIO SAWP WAGE RATE INCREASES TO $14.39/HR.

Kindly take note that Ontario employers are required to increase the hourly wage rate from $14.25 to $14.39 per hour, effective January 1, 2021. This applies to seasonal agricultural workers under commodities that were previously paying $14.25.

As per the SAWP employment agreement, SAWP workers must be paid the provincial minimum wage or the wage rate determined annually by ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada), whichever is greater.

Future SAWP LMIA applications sent to F.A.R.M.S. must state $14.39/hr for workers who will start employment after January 1, 2021.

 

2021 Deadlines to Place SAWP LMIA Applications

EXPECTED WORKER ARRIVAL DATE SEND LMIA APPLICATION TO F.A.R.M.S.
January 1 to January 31, 2021 Between July 2 to August 16, 2020
February 1 to February 28, 2021 Between July 2 to September 13, 2020
March 1 to March 15, 2021 Between July 2 to September 27, 2020
March 16 to March 31, 2021 Between July 2 to October 11, 2020
April 1 to April 15, 2021 By November 8, 2020
April 16 to April 30, 2021 By November 22, 2020
May 1 to May 31, 2021 By February 1, 2021
June 1 to June 30, 2021 By March 1, 2021
July 1 to July 31, 2021 By April 1, 2021
August 1 to August 31, 2021 By May 1, 2021
September 1 to September 30, 2021 By June 1, 2021