Do you want fries with that childhood?

B.C.’s new child-labour law lowers the bar
By Nancy Knickerbocker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/29/2004

Say “child labour” and people assume you’re talking about China or Pakistan, not Canada. But our kids are not immune to the risks of child labour, least of all in British Columbia. Under Premier Gordon Campbell’s government, B.C. has legislated the lowest start age for employment in North America. It’s 12.

At the age of 12, most students are finishing Grade 6.

“At that age I was concerned about taking the bus, let alone going to work,” recalls Ryan Semiao, a Grade 12 student at Templeton Secondary in Vancouver.