Applying for Prior Written Approval to Alter Hours of Work Requirements for Young People Employed in the Entertainment Industry


The Director of Employment Standards may give written permission to extend the daily hours and work week provisions of the following sections of the Employment Standards Regulations:

Limits on daily hours

  • 45.8(2) - No more than eight hours per day for children under the age of 12 and no more than 10 hours per day for children 12-14;
  • 45.8(3) - Child not to report to work before 5:00 a.m;
  • 45.8(4) - Child's shift not to end later that 10:00 p.m. if the next day is a school day, 12:30 a.m. if the next day is not a school day, or 2:00 a.m. if school is not in session;

Work Week

  • 45.12 - Children not to work more than five days per week unless Director gives permission to work six days.

Applications must be received during business hours, as soon as possible after the shooting schedule is known, and at least 48 hours (two working days) prior to the date for which the written approval is needed. The production cannot change the hours or the work week before receiving written permission from the Director.

The production must forward their application by letter/fax/email to the Employment Standards Branch:

102-1577 7th Avenue
Prince George, BC V2L 3P5
Fax: 250-645-4044 Email: SDL.PrinceGeorgeESB@gov.bc.ca

The application must contain:

  • The reason for the request;
  • A copy of the parent's or guardian's written consent;
  • The name of the young person (people);
  • The date of birth of the young person;
  • The name(s) and contact numbers for the parent(s)/guardian(s);
  • The name and contact number of the young person's tutor (if applicable);
  • The changes requested to work hours and date(s) - (please indicate start and finish times);
  • The description of the scene, location, and conditions;
  • Details of provisions to be made for the young person if flexibility is granted (e.g. sheltered area for breaks, meals provided, transportation, arrangements to leave the shoot if unable to continue working etc);
  • The name, job title and contact phone/fax numbers/ email address of the contact person at the production making the request.

In general, approval to alter these requirements will only be granted under special circumstances. These include but are not limited to such things as location availability, early morning or night exterior shoots,< >Planning deficiencies, systematic problems (such as start time shifts to latter in the day near the end of the week due to turnaround time considerations) and production convenience are not usually viewed as special circumstances'The Director may interview the child's parents, school and/or tutor (if applicable), and the production.Should the additional flexibility be granted, the Director may specify that certain provisions be made for the child and their parent or guardian, i.e. heated trailer with bed for rest breaks, etc.

Written approval does not create a precedent for any future considerations or requests.