Looking to hire a student? Here are some resources that can help.
Are there any subsidy programs provided by the government to support my business?
The Ontario and Federal governments offer some subsidy programs to support employers wanting to hire youth workers. You may be eligible for:
- FedNor – provides post-secondary graduates the opportunity to obtain work experience
- Youth Employment Strategy is program that allows you to hire student for the summer.
- For a full list of programs see the Employment and Social Development Canada
- Canada Business Ontario provides information on age subsidies and tax credit
What is the current minimum age requirement for working in Ontario?
In Ontario, the minimum age for most types of work is 14. Some restrictions apply. For example, employers are restricted in hiring persons under the age of 16 during school hours, unless they’ve been excused from school to attend supervised alternative learning programs, which may include employment (such as co-op programs).
For more information please consult the Ministry of Labour web-page on Minimum Age.
There are also special rules in effect under Occupational Health and Safety for certain sectors. Workers younger than the specified ages listed below will not be able to work in the following industries:
- Underground Mines: 18 years
- Construction: 16 years
- Window Cleaning: 18 years
- Logging Operations: 16 years
- Factories or Repair Shops: 15 years
- Stores, Offices or Arenas: 14 years.