Bill 19, which sets the minimum age to work in Quebec at 14, is sparking outrage among entrepreneurs in the Mauricie region.
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Campsites such as Camping du Parc de la Peninsula in Sainte-Genevieve-de-Badiscon will be forced to lay off many employees after the new law comes into effect. Most of these employees are busy manning the arcades, mini-golf or lifeguards.
We see the same at Aquaparc H2O in Trois-Rivières, which has a dozen assistant lifeguards and maintenance staff under the age of 14.
Many employees will inevitably be laid off.
“I need someone else, otherwise we’ll have to close the attractions,” said Aquaparc H2O general manager Sophie Bellemare.
While hiring staff is difficult now, replacing a dozen workers will be a challenge.
Among the exceptions, children under the age of 14 are allowed to talk about their work in a family business, but only if there are fewer than ten employees. François Proulx, father and owner of 1200 Degrees in Trois-Rivières, will therefore be forced to prevent his 13-year-old son from continuing to work for the company.
“He’s very disappointed. He was excited to come to work. It doesn’t prove that workers are safe in a company with less than ten employees, or working on a farm. We know farms are dangerous,” Mr. Proulx said, adding that the government is instead encouraging young people to work in safer places. Said to confirm.
A similar situation exists for one of Enseignes FX Boisvert’s partners, who cannot provide work for his 13-year-old son after the law comes into effect. “It’s a bit flat to tell them you can’t help them anymore and get a bit of pay a week,” explained Stephen Bellerive.
Over the past few days, Mr. Proulx has received countless messages.
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