Youth FAQs – Citizenship

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

It depends.

There is no law that requires volunteers to be a certain age. In general, the age requirement for volunteers is left up to the organizations themselves. Instead of being an age issue, it is a question of whether the volunteer is able to carry out the tasks he or she is given, and the level of supervision that that person requires.

That said, since the agreement to volunteer is in the nature of a contract, most organizations will require that anyone under the age of 18 provide a consent form signed by his/her parent or guardian.

For more information, see the following from the list of links:

  • Alberta Youth Volunteer Society

Last Reviewed: November 2010

How old do I have to be to give blood?

Canadian Blood Services accepts donors aged 17 and above.

For more information, see: Canadian Blood Services > Can I donate from the list of links below.

Last Reviewed: November 2010

At what age can I get a passport?

To get a passport on your own, you must be 16 years old.

If you are under the age of 16, your custodial parent (if your parents are separated or divorced), or your legal guardian must apply for your passport for you. If you are 11 years of age or older, you need to sign your passport.

For more information on how that is done, see:

Last Reviewed: November 2010

At what age can I be called to jury duty?

You must be 18 years of age.

For more information on jury duty, see the list of links for the following:

  • Alberta Justice and Attorney General > Jury Duty
  • Alberta Courts > Jury Duty

Last Reviewed: November 2010

How old do I have to run as a political candidate?

You must be at least 18 years old.

This is a requirement of section 65 of the Canada Elections Act.

Last Reviewed: November 2010

 

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