Let’s talk first about minors who are 14 or 15.
During the school term, minors who are 14 or 15 can work a maximum of three hours a day on school days; eight hours on any other day; and 18 hours between Monday and Friday. The hours cannot interfere with school attendance.
During the school term, they can work an additional eight hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
Minors who are 14 or 15 can work up to eight hours a day and 40 hours a week during school vacations.
Generally, they cannot work after 7 p.m. or before 7 a.m. There are exceptions to this general rule. Specifically, they can be employed until 9 p.m. during school vacations.
Also, they can deliver newspapers between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. In addition, members of volunteer fire companies can participate in training and firefighting activities until 10 p.m. with written parental consent.
There is a different set of rules for minors who are 16 or 17.
During the school term, those minors can work up to eight hours a day and 28 hours a week between Monday and Friday. They can work an additional eight hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
During school vacations, they can work up to 10 hours a day and 48 hours a week. They have the right to refuse a request to work more than 44 hours in a week.
They generally cannot work before 6 a.m. or after midnight. During school vacations, they can work until 1 a.m.
If they are a member of a volunteer fire company, they can continue serving in answer to fire calls until they are excused by a chief.
These restrictions do not apply to minors employed as sports attendants. Nor do they apply to minors who have graduated from high school or are exempt from compulsory attendance.
Except for newspaper delivery, employment for more than six consecutive days is prohibited.
Finally, a 30-minute break period must be provided after no more than five straight hours of work.