Minimum employment age being raised from 12 to 16 in BC this fall | News
Minimum employment age being raised from 12 to 16 in BC this fall
The legal minimum age for employment in British Columbia is currently 12 years old, but come this fall, the BC government will finally bring their rules in line with international standards.
The new rules will come into effect on October 15, but will also outline jobs that people under 16 can still do.
British Columbia is instituting these new rules to protect young workers.
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“Work experience can be a rewarding growth opportunity for young people, but it should never compromise their safety,” said Labour Minister Harry Bains. “We know that most employers make safety their top priority for all their workers, and these changes clarify what types of employment are age-appropriate for young workers.”
This move was initiated in the spring of 2019 through legislative changes to the Employment Standards Act.
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