The change is part of broader amendments to the Code found in the 2022 Budget Implementation Act.
Currently, in the federal sector, the minimum age of employment is 17 years old, subject to certain exceptions in the Canada Labour Regulations. The amendment will increase the minimum age to 18. However, persons under the age of 18 will still be eligible for employment if:
Additionally, federal sector employers will not be able to mandate or permit an employee under the age of 18 years to work between 23:00 on one day and 6:00 on the following day.
The amended restriction will apply to current employees who are 17 or younger on the date the new rules come into force if they remain employed by the same employer in the position they held on that date.
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