Delta cannabis grower wants more worker housing

An East Delta cannabis producer needs more workers for its operation.

The City of Delta recently agreed to forward a request by Wachstrum Produce Inc. to the Agricultural Land Commission for additional housing to accommodate 130 migrant farm workers for the massive greenhouse complex on Hornby Drive.

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The property was previously approved for migrant farm worker housing for 72 workers.

A civic report notes that, in the short-term, the proposal would add housing for an additional 44 farm workers for a total of 116 housing beds on site.

Federal program approvals and plans submitted currently reflect 44 additional workers, however, the owner has stated the need for an additional 14 workers at a later date to meet future labour demands of the cannabis production operation.

Currently, 60 of the workers reside in purpose-built migrant farm worker housing and another 12 reside in the property’s single-detached dwelling.

The additional migrant farm worker housing would comprise two new buildings

The 32.7 hectare site in the Agricultural Land Reserve was owned and operated by Wachstum Produce but has recently been acquired by partner Canopy Growth Corp, the largest producer of medical and recreational cannabis in Canada.

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