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, section 3-3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 states there are industries where youth 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
  • in a production process at a pulp mill, sawmill or woodworking establishment
  • in a production process at a smelter, foundry, refinery or metal processing or fabricating operation
  • in a confined space (such as a manhole)
  • in a production process in a meat, fish or poultry processing plant
  • in a forestry or logging operation
  • on a drilling or servicing rig
  • as an operator of powered mobile equipment (such as a forklift), a crane or a hoist
  • if exposure to a chemical or biological substance is likely to endanger the health or safety of the young worker
  • in power line construction or maintenance