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  1. Is there a minimum age for work under the Employment Standards Act, 2000?
  2. Are there any other restrictions on the age of workers?
  3. What if I think my employer is not following the ESA?
  4. Can I see the ESA?

Is there a minimum age for work under the Employment Standards Act, 2000? Top

No. But there are minimum age requirements for certain industries and workplaces set by other laws. The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets the minimum ages to work as follows:

  • 18 years of age for Underground Mines
  • 16 years of age at a Mining Plant or Surface Mine
  • 18 years of age for Window Cleaning
  • 16 years of age for Construction and Logging Operations
  • 15 years of age for Factory Operations and Repair Shops
  • 14 years of age for all other industrial establishments.

Learn more about Minimum age.

Are there any other restrictions on the age of workers? Top

Under the Education Act, with certain exceptions, children must attend school until the age of 18 and employers are prohibited from employing children under the age of 16 years during school hours. However, children aged 14 years and older may be excused from school to attend supervised alternative learning programs, which may include employment.

What if I think my employer is not following the ESA? Top

What if I think my employer is not following the ESA?

Can I see the ESA? Top

Employment Standards Act, 2000

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