Fraser Institute Student Essay Contest (Gr. 9-12)

Showcase your ideas on public policy and the role of markets by entering our essay competition. $9,000 in cash prizes will be awarded with $3,000 of this designated just for high school students! Winning essays may be published in Fraser Institute journals and authors will have the opportunity to experience the peer review process.

Categories and Prizes:

High School Undergraduate Graduate
1st Prize: $1,500 1st Prize: $1,500 1st Prize: $1,500
2nd Prize: $1,000 2nd Prize: $1,000 2nd Prize: $1,000
3rd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $500

For more information on the essays, samples and details please go to their website listed below.  The online application is also available on their website.

Deadline: June 1, 2021



Young Worker Readiness Certificate – Government of Saskatchewan


In Saskatchewan, the minimum age of employment is 16.  If you are 14 or 15 years old, and  able to work, you  must complete the following before starting to work:

  1. Complete the YWRCC and obtain a Certificate of Completion;
  2. Provide your employer with a copy of your Certificate of Completion; and
  3. Provide your employer with proof of age and written consent from a parent or guardian.

Employers are required to keep a copy of the young worker’s Certificate of Competition, proof of age and consent from a parent or guardian on file.

If you are 14 or 15 years old and have completed the YWRCC, you will also need to be aware of the employment standard restrictions for 14 and 15 year olds which include:

  • You cannot work after 10 p.m. the night before a school day;
  • You cannot work before classes begin on a school day; and
  • You cannot work more than 16 hours in a school week.

During school breaks such as Christmas holidays or summer vacation, these restrictions do not apply and you can work the same hours as other employees.  All other employment standards apply to you.

Website:  Young Worker Readiness Site