How old do I have to be?

Gathered on this page are resources about some legal concerns related to growing up. But there may be general resources that are also appropriate for your situation.

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Suggested Resources

Rights at Work is a collection of resources developed by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta and funded by the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund. The resources make use of real‐life scenarios to demonstrate Alberta legislation that protects workers.Resources include tipsheet, videos, quizzes and articles.

Related legal topic(s): Harassment, Human rights, Loss of employment, Workers' health and safety, Workers' rights and employment standards

These "How old do I have to be?" FAQs are provided by the Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. They provide answers for youth about age-related issues under various topics: family, criminal, medical and health related, legal and financial, activities (such as driving), school and work.

Related legal topic(s): Adoption, Bullying, Common law relationships, Divorce and separation, Drugs and alcohol, Guardianship and trusteeship, Health issues, Landlord and tenant, Marriage, Wills and estates, Youth criminal justice

Alberta Resources

Reality Choices is from Service Alberta and is a consumer resource for young adults who are moving away from home for the first time. It consists of five modules: Dealing with Credit, You and Your Money, A Roof over Your Head, In the Driver's Seat, Shopping for Satisfaction. The modules are based on a national version of Reality Choices released earlier this year by federal, provincial and territorial consumer affairs ministers, but have been adapted to give Albertans key information about consumer protection laws in Alberta.

Related legal topic(s): Consumer protection and fraud, Driving, Landlord and tenant

This online resource is from the Government of Alberta. Safety awareness information aimed at young workers and their employers. Information for employers who hire young workers and worksite survival tips for young workers.

Related legal topic(s): Workers' health and safety

This publication is for workers who want to know more about employment rules in the Alberta workplace. It discusses legislation covering workers, their rights before starting a job, their rights and responsibilities on the job, and leaving the job temporarily or permanently. Information is provided on employment standards, workplace health and safety, human rights and workers' compensation. Key contacts and resources for Alberta employees are also included. (PDF – 40 pages)

Related legal topic(s): Workers' rights and employment standards


This booklet is designed to give girls in Canada information about their rights and responsibilities as they relate to safety.

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The Young Workers Zone was created by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety to help young people stay healthy and safe at work. Teachers, young workers, parents and employers can get the information and tools needed to venture into the work world on a safe footing.

Related legal topic(s): Public safety, Workers' health and safety