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Minimum Age Requirements – Know The Laws Of Your Province

All jurisdictions impose age restrictions to protect young workers from being hired for jobs that may harm their health, safety or welfare. Here’s a rundown of the minimum age requirements in each part of Canada.

Youth Employment Restrictions & Minimum Age Requirements Across Canada


Age Group
Employment Restrictions & Rules

Canada Labour Code Regs., Sec. 10
Under 17
May be employed only if:

*Not required to be at school by provincial law;

*They work between 11 PM and 6 AM the next day; and

*Work is not:

i. In an underground mine

ii. Illegal for their age under Explosives Regs. or Canada Shipping Act

iii. As a nuclear energy worker

iv. Likely to hurt their health or endanger their safety

Employment Standards Code
*Can’t employ person required to be at school during normal school hours unless he/she’s enrolled in an off campus education program

*Parents’ written permission and permi...

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