How old you have to be to work in BC

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From what age can a young person work in British Columbia without needing anyone’s permission?
  • 12
  • 16
  • 18

Entering the workforce is a key milestone in every young person’s life. The rules around how old you have to be to work in BC vary depending on the type of work involved. Learn the key laws affecting young people and work.

What you should know

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in January 2023
  • Time to read: 4 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Richard Johnson, Ascent Employment Law

Richard Johnson

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