June 8, 2016 7:23 am

Canada signs international treaty aimed at reducing child labour

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GATINEAU, Que. – Canada has added its signature to an international treaty that aims to reduce child labour around the world.

Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk made the announcement today in Geneva.

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The treaty, known as the International Labour Organization’s Minimum Age Convention, 1973, requires ratifying member states to set a minimum age for employment of at least 15 years.

It also bans hazardous work for young workers under the age of 18, unless specific measures are put in place.

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A statement from Mihychuk’s office early Wednesday said ratifying the treaty is “not expected to negatively impact Canadian businesses and operations such as family farms, or part-time work by Canadian teens working at babysitting, camp counselling or other similar jobs.”

The treaty is scheduled to take effect in June 2017.

© 2016 The Associated Press

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