Are you a business or employer who has someone aged 14-15 employed? Are you a young person and interested in getting a job? Or, are you a parent of a child who is looking to start their first job?

The Ministry of Labour introduced changes to the Employment Standards Act to ensure that the work children and young people do is age-appropriate and safe for their health and development. These changes will bring B.C. in line with international child employment standards and align B.C. with regulations in almost all other Canadian jurisdictions that protect children from dangerous work.

Government knows there are economic benefits and valuable life skills and experiences that work provides and at the same time government’s role is to ensure that these work experiences are safe. Before we move forward with specific rules around child employment, we would like to hear from parents, guardians, employers, businesses, organizations and youth on their perspectives on:

  • what types of work are appropriate for children and youth,
  • what special rules (if any) should there be for children and youth engaged in this work, and
  • should there be exemptions and what might those be?

Please take the questionnaire until November 15 at 4 p.m.

We especially would like to hear from farmers and family-run businesses who would like to have their kids involved in the family business.

Please note that some jobs are already exempt, including: babysitters, performers in recorded and live entertainment, newspaper carriers, and students in work-study programs. These jobs will not be impacted by the new age requirements or rules around light work.

Your feedback will help to inform further policy and regulatory development on this topic.