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Employing Young People Under 15 in BC

  • Before employing anyone under 15 years of age, an employer must have written consent from the employee’s parent or guardian.
  • If the employee is under 12, the employer must also have permission from the Director of Employment Standards before work begins.
  • See the factsheets General Employment for Young People and Employment of Young People in the B.C. Entertainment Industry for information on the additional employment conditions for young employees.
  • The Director of Employment Standards does not issue child employment permits for children employed in the entertainment industry.

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