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Hiring Young Workers

In Saskatchewan, the minimum age of employment is 16 years of age. However, 14 and 15 year olds can work if they have both:

If you are an employer and hire 14 or 15 year olds, you must have and keep on file:

  • Proof of your youth worker’s age.
  • Written consent allowing the youth to work from their parent or guardian.
  • A copy of their Young Worker Readiness Certificate of Completion.

14 and 15 year olds cannot work:

  • More than 16 hours in a week in which school is in session;
  • After 10:00 p.m. on a day preceding a school day; and
  • Before classes begin on a school day.

These restrictions apply in any week where there is a school day. During holidays, and school breaks 14 and 15 year olds can work the same hours as other employees. 

Young people under the age of 14 cannot work unless the employer has a special permit from the Director of Employment Standards.

CFIB hopes the above rules and regulations will help your business provide meaningful and positive work experiences. Employers offering summer-time jobs play a huge part to instill positive values these young workers will carry throughout their careers.

CFIB Business Counsellors are available to answer your questions. Contact us at [email protected] or 1-888-234-2232.