In Saskatchewan, the minimum age of employment is 16 years of age. However, 14 and 15 year olds can work if they have both:
- The written permission of one of their parents or guardians; and
- A Certificate of Completion from the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course.
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.
There are industries where one can't work if under the age of 18. Learn more at Young Worker Workplace Restrictions.
Saskatchewan’s minimum wage rate applies to all workers, regardless of age. Effective October 1, 2020, minimum wage is $11.45 per hour.
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.