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Minimum wage is $11.15 per hour as of October 1, 2017. As of October 1, 2018, minimum wage will be $11.35 per hour.

Employing Children


Children under the age of 16 must, by law, have a child employment permit before they start working. Children under 12 years old are only allowed to work for an employer in exceptional circumstances.

Employees under 16 years old are not allowed to work alone without specific conditions placed on the permit. Employees under 18 years old cannot work alone between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Each permit names the workplace, child and job duties approved for that child. It also lists any special conditions that must be followed. Employment Standards must be notified if there are any changes because the permit may no longer be valid. If the child wants to work for a different employer, a new application for a Child Employment Permit must be made even if the job duties and hours stay the same.

Young persons working in Manitoba have all of the rights and responsibilities as adult employees. Minimum standards such as general holidays, vacations, minimum wage and termination apply to all employees regardless of age.

For additional details, please refer to the government of Manitoba's Young Employees fact sheet, or The Employment Standards Code on employing children. For questions about employing children that are specific to agriculture, please contact our Farm Safety Consultant at 1 (204) 570-3290.

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