Child Labour Is No Accident: The Experience of BC’s Working Children

May 2013

First Call’s Child Labour Is No Accident: The Experience of BC’s Working Children brings together original research through interviews and focus groups with existing studies to examine the consequences of child labour laws in BC.

The study focused on three areas of potential impact: health and safety, wages and working conditions, and education. It also contrasts BC’s law with employment standards in other jurisdictions.

Key findings from this study include:

  • 43% of youth study participants reported sustaining workplace injuries.
  • Lack of pay for training is a common experience among working children and youth.
  • 60% of young people who participated in this study started work at age 14 or under, but only 24 per cent reported a parent had given written permission for them to start work, as required by the current legislation.
  • 16% of participants reported having dropped out of school due to their work schedule and/or financial need, and 46% reported being too tired and/or not having enough time to complete their homework or participate appropriately at school as a result of working too much.
  • About half of study participants reported they did not receive adequate (or in some cases any) training at their jobs.

The report is the result of an 18-month research project funded by the Law Foundation of BC.