Youth employment permit

Employers may apply for a permit to employ a person under 18 years of age for certain types of work.

New standards for the employment of youth come into effect June 1, 2018.

For information on rules that apply to employees under the age of 18 until May 31, 2018 see http://work.alberta.ca/employment-standards/employees-under-18.html

Basic rules

  • The Employment Standards Code outlines employment rules specific to youth under 18 years of age.
  • An employer may apply for a permit to employ:
    • a child 12 years of age and under in an artistic endeavor
    • a youth between 13 and 15 years of age in work that isn’t hazardous work and is not already permitted as light work
    • a youth between 16 and 17 years of age in work that’s hazardous work
  • The Director of Employment Standards issues permits if the criteria for youth employment are met.
  • Youth employment permits aren’t required for youth 16 and 17 years of age when they’re involved in off-campus education programs or work experience programs approved by the Government of Alberta
  • Permits for the employment of youth issued before June 1, 2018, that have not expired, will be honoured unless revoked.

How to apply for a permit

A permit application may be submitted to the Director of Employment Standards and certain criteria must be met and outlined in the application before approval.

Application to the Director

An employer can request a permit to employ an employee who is under the age of 18.

Additional information on how to apply for a youth employment permit under the provisions that come into effect June 1, 2018 will be available by May, 2018.

An application for a youth employment permit must:

  • be submitted to the Director and include the employer’s address and contact information and be signed by the employer and by a parent or guardian
  • include the youth’s full name, birthdate and contact information
  • describe the employer’s business and the type of work for which the employer wishes to employ the youth
  • include any other information specified by the Director

The Director may require additional proof that certain criteria are met, which may include:

  • location of worksite
  • hazard assessment
  • job description
  • consent by a parent or guardian
  • description of training the youth will receive
  • level of supervision and supervisor qualifications
  • hours of work

After an application is reviewed

A permit issued by the Director will include terms and conditions including those set out in the Regulation. The Director will notify the employer when an application is denied, and will notify both the employer and the youth when a permit to employ the youth is issued.

The Director may amend or revoke the permit at any time.

Publication of permits

Information about the permits for the employment of youth, issued by Employment Standards after June 1, 2018, is made public.

Additional information will be available by June 1, 2018 on how to search for issued youth employment permits.

How the law applies

Part 2 Division 9 of the Code and Part 5 of the Regulation details youth employment rules.

Disclaimer: In the event of any discrepancy between this information and Alberta Employment Standards legislation, the legislation is considered correct.

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