Forms and resources

Solution Explorer

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.

Solution Explorer

Working in B.C. poster

The Working in British Columbia poster contains information about the Employment Standards Act and Regulation. It should be on display at all workplaces.

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

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.

Guide to the Employment Standards Act & Regulation

Get a section-by-section explanation of the Employment Standards Act and Regulation. This guide is also known as the Interpretation Guidelines Manual (IGM).


Children 12 to 14 years old

Employers need written consent from a parent or guardian (PDF, 20KB). They must follow special rules for hiring children between 12 and 14 years old.

Children under 12 years old

Employers must complete an Application of Employer for Child's Permit of Employment (PDF, 32KB). The child's parent or guardian and school authority also complete sections of the application form.

Send the application and a copy of the child's birth certificate by email to

File a complaint online

You can fill and submit a complaint online in about 15 minutes.

Make a complaint

Other ways to submit a complaint

You can submit a complaint using the printable Complaint Form (PDF, 298 KB).

Temporary layoffs due to COVID-19

To extend a temporary layoff due to COVID-19, employers and employees should follow a different process and submit a joint application online.

Submit an application online

Other types of variances

Find out more about variances, then submit an Application for Variance (PDF, 279KB).

Register a domestic worker online

You can register a domestic worker online in about 15 minutes.

Register a domestic worker

Other ways to register

You can register a domestic worker using the printable Domestic Worker Registration Form (PDF, 188KB).

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.

Submit a search request

Other ways to submit a request

You can submit a search request using the printable Due Diligence Search Request (PDF, 219KB).