New Report Reveals Risks Working Children and Youth Face in British Columbia

May 9, 2013

Vancouver, BC – During BC Youth Week 2013, First Call released Child Labour Is No Accident: The Experience of BC’s Working Children, an 18-month research project funded by the Law Foundation of BC.

This report 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.

Download the report here