PROTECTING CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN THE WORKFORCE

  • In 2003 the BC government amended the Employment Standards Act to lower the BC work start age to 12 and removed the role of the Employment Standards Branch in issuing work permits for children 12 to 14.
  • WorkSafe BC’s data showed a ten-fold increase in accepted injury claims for 12 to 14 year olds over a four-year period after the change in legislation.
  • BC is the only Canadian province that does not set out in law or regulation the occupations, tasks, or time of day (other than during school hours) for the employment of children.

Q: If elected, will your party raise BC’s work start age back up to 15 and improve legislative protections and enforcement for children in the workforce? 

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