Forms and resources
By answering a series of questions, this tool will guide you to information about your specific work situation and provide options to help deal with issues at work.
The Working in British Columbia poster contains information about the Employment Standards Act and Regulation. It should be on display at all workplaces.
- Working in British Columbia poster (PDF, 386KB)
- Working in British Columbia information sheet (PDF, 114KB)
The Foreign Workers info sheet contains information about the rights of foreign workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act and Regulation. Employers and recruiters need to share this information with foreign workers they hire or recruit.
Education seminars are held monthly in order to answer questions and provide education regarding the rules and responsibilities of employers, employment agencies, talent agencies, and farm labour contractors under the Employment Standards Act.
Get a section-by-section explanation of the Employment Standards Act and Regulation. This guide is also known as the Interpretation Guidelines Manual (IGM).
Find out if you need a child employment permit
Employers must apply for a permit to employ children under 16 unless special conditions apply.
Click the button below to discover whether a permit is needed in a specific situation and access the online application form.
If a permit is required, the child's parent or guardian will also need to complete a parent or guardian declaration form (PDF, 174.2KB).
If school will be in session while the child is expected to work, the child's school also needs to complete a school recommendation form (PDF, 132.2KB).
If you don't require a permit
A parent or guardian decides if it's in the best interests of their child to have a job. If a child employment permit is not required, they must provide written consent (PDF, 130.7KB) for their child to work. The employer must keep a record of the written consent.
This written consent is kept by the employer. Do not send it to Employment Standards.
File a complaint online
You can fill out and submit a complaint online in about 15 minutes.
Other ways to submit a complaint
You can submit a complaint using the printable Complaint Form (PDF, 383.7KB).
Apply for a variance
Variances allow work situations that follow the purposes of B.C. employment standards but don't strictly meet the standards. You can fill out and submit a variance application online.
Other ways to apply for a variance
You can submit an application using the printable Application for Variance (PDF, 278.3KB).
Learn more about the steps employers must take to hire temporary foreign workers, then apply for a certificate of registration online.
Register a domestic worker online
You can register a domestic worker online in about 15 minutes.
Other ways to register
You can register a domestic worker using the printable Domestic Worker Registration Form (PDF, 213.5KB).
Apply for or renew an employment agency licence online
Employment agencies must be licensed to operate in British Columbia. An employment agency is an organization or person who charges a fee to recruit, or offers to recruit, employees for employers. A licence is not required if an employment agency only recruits employees for one employer.
Other ways to apply or renew
You can submit an application using the printable Application for Employment Agency Licence (PDF, 383.1KB).
Apply for or renew a talent agency licence online
Talent agencies must be licensed in order to find employment for performers and film personnel in B.C.
Other ways to apply or renew
You can submit an application using the printable Application for Talent Agency Licence (PDF, 237KB)
Apply for a farm labour contractor licence
Find out how to get a farm labour contractor licence, then submit a Farm Labour Contractor Licence Application (PDF, 971KB).
Retirement bridging program
Apply for forestry worker retirement bridging benefits.
Forestry worker job placement
Find retraining and support for forestry workers impacted by industry downturns in northern British Columbia.
Submit a due diligence search request online
You can submit a search request online in about 10 minutes.
Other ways to submit a request
You can submit a search request using the printable Due Diligence Search Request (PDF, 344.7KB).
Pantaunang Bakasyon / Annual Vacation (PDF, 233.7KB)
Mga Ahensiya sa Trabaho / Employment Agencies (PDF, 223.8KB)
Farm Labour Contractors / Farm Labour Contractors (PDF, 434.1KB)
Mga Oras ng Trabaho at Overtime / Hours of Work and Overtime (PDF, 238KB)
Pamantayan sa Pagpapatrabaho para sa mga Dayuhang Manggagawa / Temporary Foreign Workers (PDF, 335KB)
Vacances annuelles / Annual Vacation (PDF, 455.6KB)
Les agences de placement / Employment Agencies (PDF, 418.2KB)
Entrepreneurs en main-d’oeuvre agricole / Farm Labour Contractors (PDF, 631.7KB)
Heures de travail et heures supplémentaires / Hours of Work and Overtime (PDF, 440.2KB)
Travailleurs étrangers temporaires / Temporary Foreign Workers (PDF, 341.6KB)
Japanese - 日本語
ਸਾਲਾਨਾ ਛੁੱਟੀ / Annual Vacation (PDF, 166.5KB)
ਰੁਜ਼ਗਾਰ ਏਜੰਸੀ / Employment Agencies (PDF, 1.4MB)
ਫਾਰਮ ਲੇਬਰ ਠੇਕੇਦਾਰ / Farm Labour Contractors (PDF, 253.7KB)
ਫਾਰਮ ਕਾਮੇ / Farm Workers (PDF, 155.6KB)
ਕੰਮ ਅਤੇ ਓਵਰਟਾਈਮ ਨਿਯਮ ਦੇ ਘੰਟੇ / Hours of Work and Overtime (PDF, 171.4KB)
ਆਰਜ਼ੀ ਵਿਦੇਸ਼ੀ ਕਾਮੇ / Temporary Foreign Workers (PDF, 153.9KB)
Vacaciones Anuales / Annual Vacation (PDF, 345KB)
Agencias de Empleo / Employment Agencies (PDF, 325.5KB)
Contratistas de Trabajadores Agrícolas / Farm Labour Contractors (PDF, 372.6KB)
Horas de Trabajo y Horas Extra / Hours of Work and Overtime (PDF, 359.5KB)
Normas de Empleo para Trabajadores Extranjeros / Temporary Foreign Workers (PDF, 321.3KB)