Employment status of labour force, age 15 to 24 years

Of all Canadian youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years in 2011, 45.1% were working full time and 40.7% were working part time.

Most employed youth aged 15 to 24 (71%) reported “going to school” as the reason for choosing part-time employment, 5% said it was a personal preference and 20% noted “other”, which included business conditions and unable to find full-time work1.

1Statistics Canada, CANSIM tables 282-0014 and 282 0001.


Part-time employment has been increasing steadily, especially among youth aged 15 to 24 years1. For this age group, part-time employment is often ideal because it provides income while allowing youth to attend secondary and post-secondary schooling.

1Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2010. Work-Employment Rate, accessed at
http://www4.hrsdc.gc.ca/[email protected]?iid=13#M_6 on January 15, 2012.