Adolescent Permits

An adolescent employee (12, 13 or 14-year-old) may work in the following jobs:

  • Delivery person for newspapers, flyers and handbills
  • Delivery person for small goods and merchandise for a retail store
  • Clerk in a retail store
  • Clerk or messenger in an office

Also, adolescents may work in the following approved jobs in the restaurant and food services industry:

  • Host/hostess
  • Cashier
  • Dish washing
  • Bussing tables
  • Server or waiter
  • Providing customer service
  • Assembling food orders
  • Cleaning

However, there are additional restrictions to be met when performing these jobs.

The Director of Employment Standards may make an exception and issue a permit allowing the adolescent to work in other types of employment. An employer must show that:

  • The job is not likely to harm the adolescent’s life, health, education or welfare.

    • Historically, the Director has not approved jobs in the construction industry or jobs in which an adolescent would be required to work around or with heavy equipment or moving vehicles, with fuel or propane, or potentially hazardous equipment, such as pressure washers, pneumatic drills, conveyors for bulk materials, hand grinders, welding equipment, hammers and nails, blowtorches, forklifts, sharp knives, etc.

    • Typically, the Director requires adolescents to be in the continuous presence of an employee over the age of 18 at all times. This means the adolescent must work alongside, and within the visual and auditory range, of an adult employee.

  • The adolescent’s parent or guardian has given the employer written consent.

  • The adolescent will not:

    • work during normal school hours (unless he or she is enrolled in an off-campus education program under the School Act such as the Work Experience Program or the Registered Apprenticeship Program),
    • work for longer than two hours on a school day,
    • work for longer than eight hours on a non-school day,
    • work between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., or
    • sell or serve liquor in licensed premises.

Don’t forget:

To Apply

Complete and submit the Application for a Permit to Employ an Adolescent.

For adolescents employed in the restaurant and food services industry, submit a Safety Checklist for Adolescent Employees in Restaurant and Food Services instead of a permit application. See Additional Specific Restrictions.

Please ensure that the employer, the parent or guardian, and the adolescent review and sign the form.

Modified: 2016-08-19
PID: 12192

Contact Employment Standards

Call the Employment Standards Contact Centre for general information or submit an inquiry online:

  • 780-427-3731 (Edmonton)
  • 1-877-427-3731 (toll-free)

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