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What you need to know when hiring someone under 18 in Manitoba

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Young employees can be a great addition to your business. You have the chance to offer meaningful work experiences for Manitoba’s youth as they consider their career options.

There are employment standards and workplace safety laws specific to employees under the age of 18. On March 20, 2018, the province introduced Bill 20 The Employment Standards Code Amendment Act, which includes some changes for young employees. The changes may take effect as soon as the summer of 2018.

 

Manitoba Employment Standards Code rules for young workers include:

Manitoba’s minimum wage rate of $11.15 per hour (effective October 1, 2017) applies to all workers, regardless of age.

 

Current rulesAfter Bill 20 is in place
Under 18 years:
  • Cannot work alone between 11:00pm and 6:00am.
  • Not allowed to work in forestry, saw or pulp mills, in confined spaces, in mines or open pit quarries, or with asbestos.
Under 18 years (no changes):
  • Cannot work alone between 11:00pm and 6:00am.
  • Not allowed to work in forestry, saw or pulp mills, in confined spaces, in mines or open pit quarries, or with asbestos.
Under 16 years:
  • Can’t start work before a Child Employment Permit is obtained. The application requires information from the youth, the parent/guardian and the employer.
  • Can work up to 20 hours per week when school is in session.
  • Cannot work at all between 11:00pm and 6:00am.
  • Cannot work alone without specific conditions on the child employment permit.
  • Not allowed to work on a construction site, in industrial or manufacturing processes, on scaffolds, or with pruning, maintaining or removing trees, or any work described for workers under 18.
Under 16 years:
  • No permit required. Employer must ensure employee has a Work Readiness Certificate, with parent’s signed consent.
  • Can work up to 20 hours per week during a school week.
  • Cannot work at all between 11:00pm and 6:00am.
  • Not allowed to work on a construction site, in industrial or manufacturing processes, on scaffolds, or with pruning, maintaining or removing trees, or any work described for workers under 18.
Under 12 years:
  • Can only work for an employer in exceptional circumstances.
Under 12 years:
  • Not allowed to work; Manitoba’s minimum age for employment is 13 years.
 
Workplace Safety and Health laws require all employers to:

Spend extra time with young workers explaining the tasks and procedures. Lead by example. Always ask young workers to demonstrate they can do the work safely.