The New Regulation for BC TFW Housing Inspection in 2019

All employer should read and follow the new rules changing before next new inspection, and your inspection may not pass if any rules breaking   

-Manufactured Homes (built AFTER 1976) must include model #.

-Multiple suites or units in one house that are not exactly the same, (e.g. a suite on the main floor and a separate suite in the basement) must have separate inspection forms and charge more.

-All facilities that are part of the inspection must be used ONLY by the TFWs occupied. If accommodations are shared, the inspection automatically fails.

-“Hotel style studio suites” refers to units where sleeping areas are NOT partitioned from common areas (i.e. the beds are in the main room). These units may have a maximum of two occupants per unit. and must have space for TFWs to cook and eat meals (i.e. table and chairs).

-Unless a hotel style accommodation with a maximum of two people per room, all sleeping areas must be partitioned from the rest of the facility with full walls and doors. If bedrooms are not completely separated (a “No” response) it is an automatic fail. A BEST practice is to limited the number of occupants in each bedroom to 4 people.

-All the beds/bunks equipped with mattresses, pillows and linens that are clean, sanitary, not ripped and in good condition. All items must be physically seen in person by inspectors.

-Boxes and portable totes are not acceptable for personal storage.

-On-site washing machines and dryers are mandatory in 2019. and one set covers for 10 workers. Washing machines used for washing protective equipment cannot be used for the workers’ personal clothing.

-HOTPLATES are not to be included in kitchen occupancy calculations. If commercial walk-in coolers are provided they must have shelves and provide each worker.

-All  appliances must have CSA approved, and the stove hood fan must be vented to the exterior. Refrigerators must be plugged into hard wired electrical outlets (not extension cord)

-Describe the water system (private system): Include the location, depth of wells, surface water source. water treatment. Employer should attach a copy of the water test with the LMIA application.

-Provide a SAFETY PLAN which posted in each sleeping area (like you see in hotels) in case of emergency: should be available in English as well as languages understood by the occupants. include the contact numbers for the Consulate or Liaison Service, Fire Department, Local Police Station, Local Hospital and the Farm Owner.

-If the property has been inspected by the local fire department, attached a copy of the completed a fire inspection report to this document.

-A fire safety plan is required if a fire alarm is installed. and a record of service and testing should be attached to this report.

-The new fire extinguisher rate: A “2A 10 BC Dry Chem 5lb” extinguisher is the minimum standard. and must be available in the kitchen area and outside of the bedrooms and Fire extinguishers must not have expired.

-An operational carbon monoxide alarm is required where fuel (gas) fired appliances are used.

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