How old do you have to be to get a job?

My son will be 14 years old this summer. He really wants to make his own money, which makes me happy to see him taking the initiative. At what age can a teenager get a legitimate job?



67 Responses

  1. The minimum age for working in Ontario is 14 years for most types of work. However, 14-, 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds are not to be employed during school hours unless they have been excused from school attendance under provisions of Ontario’s Education Act.

  2. Brent Parker Brent Parker says:

    I believe it is the age when you get you’re S.I.N. card

  3. Joey Read Joey Read says:

    I’m pretty sure YMCA still has job placements for kids that age .

  4. Send him to science north the hire young

  5. Sports are always looking for refs, depending on the sport you can start at age 12

  6. At 12 i started my lawn mowing “buisness”. Had 13 lawns i mowed a week.

  7. Starr Larson Starr Larson says:

    My kid was 14… She got a job with pizza hut

  8. Myne Poirier Myne Poirier says:

    Babysitting so many little boys would want a boy instead if a girl sitter !) More fun more im common

  9. Why don’t you encourage him to be an entrepreneur? Come up with his own business. I did that when I had step kids, they were only 7 and 8.

  10. I was 13 when i got my first job at Laura Secord. As long as he is mature any first job is an option. They never asked for an age.

  11. I was told Tim Hortons hires 14 year olds

  12. I started working at subway when I was 14, as long as he has a sin number he should be good to go! I suggest encouraging him to do some volunteer work it will look really good on his resume and he might learn a thing or two!

  13. Legal age is 15 now if I’m not mistaken

  14. Lance Guy Lance Guy says:

    When they get their sin card, they’re eligible to start a real job. Although, if he’s that young sign him up to be a paper boy, delivering the local expositor, and flyers.

  15. Joel Bel-Air Joel Bel-Air says:

    Started at food basics myself pushing carts at 13.

  16. what ever he does make sure he gets the proper training for that job !!!!! and he needs to know his rights….. new young workers are getting hurt the most in canada due to improper training , just a fyi

  17. I worked at a local pizza shop at 14

  18. I worked at McDonald’s at 14

  19. My grand daughter worked at M c Donald’s T 14

  20. I worked at science north when I was 14.

  21. Luc Rioux Luc Rioux says:

    get him to take smart serve programe and then can be a bus boy at restaurants or any food places wash dishes alot places will hire him as long you re dependable they keep you going ….

  22. Joey Telfer Joey Telfer says:

    Joint cadets he can go to camp for the summer and get paid while enjoying activities. I did that at that age

  23. Al Manion Al Manion says:

    Move to Malaysia… They can start at 7 there.

  24. Create your own job,, get some flyers made up for cutting lawns, dog poop pick up etc..start early and blanket your neighbourhood,,if he could get 5-6 lawns for the summer,that’s decent summer work

  25. Lana Ranger Lana Ranger says:

    Try Silver City or grocery stores

  26. I worked for mr sub and subway at 14

  27. It depends entirely on the place. Most places prefer 16 and up, but some places – like McDonalds – regularly hire people as young as 15 with restrictions (such as you’re not supposed to operate any of the equipment, though the 15 year olds I worked with when I was 18 still operated the equipment anyway). Some places will also hire at as young as 14 with parental permission — Value Village does (or, at least, they did in the early 2000s).

    There are government regulations that allow people as young as 14 to work depending on the business, but different businesses will still – regardless of regulations – have their own hiring processes, so those that might be allowed to hire people as young as 14-15 may still choose only to hire people 16 and up. His best bet is to honestly apply, send those résumés around, and see who calls for an interview.

  28. Bran Berry Bran Berry says:

    My oldest couldn’t find a job until he was 15. I believe Harvey’s hires at 14. Get your child to call around to potential employers to find out what age they hire at

  29. I was 14 but I think they made an exception. What about a paper route?

  30. Jody Schut Jody Schut says:

    Most places 16 but my son is 15 and works at McDonald’s

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