Government of New Brunswick


The Employment Standards Act places some restrictions on the employment of persons who are under the age of 16 years.


Employers who wish to employ a child under the age of 16 and do not meet the restrictions outlined in the description below are required to apply to the Director of the Employment Standards Branch for an Authorization to employ a child under the age of 16 years.


An employer is prohibited from employing a person who is under the age of 16 years in employment that is or is likely to be unwholesome or harmful to the person's health, welfare or moral or physical development.

Additionally, no employer shall employ a person who is under the age of 16 years:

a. for more than six hours in any day;
b. for more than three hours on any school day;
c. on any day for a period which, when added to the time required for attendance at school on that day, would require the person to spend more than a total of eight hours attending school and working ; or
d. between the hour of 10 p.m. of any day and the hours of 6 a.m. of the following day.

No employer shall employ a child who is under 14 years of age:

a. in any industrial undertaking;
b. in the forestry industry;
c. in the construction industry;
d. in a garage or automotive service station;
e. in a hotel or restaurant;
f. in a theatre, dance hall or shooting gallery; or
g. as an elevator operator.