Last week, First Call sent an open letter to Minister Bains urging him to table legislation at the next sitting of BC’s Legislative Assembly aimed at protecting children and youth from employment-related injury and exploitation.
In BC, children as young as 12 years old can legally work at virtually any job and task, the most common being food services and accommodation. But many are working in construction, manufacturing and resource-based jobs. We know where they are working, not because government is monitoring, but because this is where they are getting injured. Read Adrienne Montani’s op ed in the Victoria Times Colonist here.
The letter is signed by over 20 organizations working provincially and federally on behalf of childrens’ rights. Visit our webpage for more information and to sign on to the open letter.