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Children and Youth in Canada - The Context of their Lives (module table of contents)

Section 2: Family Life (section table of contents)


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 on January 15, 2012.

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.

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