Youth

The legal age of employment in Saskatchewan is 16. Youths aged 14 and 15 can work if they have completed the Young Worker Readiness Certificate course. 

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour also offers a Ready for Work program to educate students and new workers about their health and safety rights on the job.

In Saskatchewan, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 s.14(1,2) states there are industries where youth can and cannot work.

People under 18 years of age cannot work:

  • underground or in an open pit at a mine
  • as a radiation worker
  • in an asbestos process
  • in a silica process
  • in any activity that requires the use of an atmosphere supplying respirator

People under 16 years of age cannot work:

  • on a construction site
  • at a pulp mill, sawmill or woodworking establishment
  • at a smelter, foundry, refinery or metal processing or fabricating operation
  • in a confined space (such as a manhole)
  • in a meat, fish or poultry processing plant
  • in a forestry or logging operation
  • on a drilling service rig
  • as an operator of powered mobile equipment (such as a forklift, crane or a hoist)
  • where there is exposure to chemical or biological substances that could endanger your health and safety
  • in power line construction or maintenance.