HOC Finance Committee Report recommends changes to protect interns

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has released a report entitled “Youth Employment in Canada: Challenges and Potential Solutions.” We are thrilled to announce that the report contains a recommendation explicitly addressing unpaid internships:

Recommendation 9: That the federal government collect data on unpaid internships in Canada and work with the provinces and territories to ensure the appropriate protections under relevant labour codes. Moreover, the government should study the impacts of unpaid internships.

The Canadian Intern Association would like to commend and thank every member of the Finance Committee for their initiative in investigating youth employment issues in Canada and, in particular, issues surrounding unpaid internships.

Canadian Intern Association Submissions

On March 27, 2014 President of the Canadian Intern Association Claire Seaborn was called as a witness before the finance committee to provide submissions on issues facing interns in Canada. She spoke alongside representatives for the Canadian Federation of Students, the University of Toronto Students’ Union, and others who were called to assist with the Finance Committee’s Youth Employment Study.

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Content’s of the Finance Committee’s Report

The report address various issues concerning youth as students (such as education affordability, tax measures, and transition to the labour market) as well as youth as employees (such as wage subsidies, training, and unemployment). A number of sections discuss the rise of unpaid internships, including a section summarizing witnesses’ views on the challenges faced by interns (p. 15) and solutions for interns (p.16).

Click here to read the full report: “Youth Employment in Canada: Challenges and Potential Solutions”

The report also contains a full list of the Members of Parliament on the committee and in attendance, as well as the individuals and represented organizations that appeared as witnesses.

Ontario Ministry of Labour Cracks Down On Unpaid Internships at Two Canadian Magazines

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has begun a crack down on unpaid internships in magazines, beginning with two high-profile Canadian publications – the Walrus and Toronto Life. Following numerous complaints about unfair labour practices and resultantly a visit by a ministry inspector, the magazines have been told to immediately end their internship programs.

Effective Monday, Toronto Life will have to let go of (or pay) five interns, who are not in school and thus, do not meet Ontario’s employment standards for unpaid work. Going forward, both publications will be expected to pay interns who are not receiving school credit for their work, or not have them around at all.

It has been revealed that this crackdown is just the beginning of an anticipated blitz, which will have every ministry inspector targeting magazines in Ontario – one of many areas that has relied heavily on unpaid internship programs.

The Canadian Intern Association would like to applaud former Minister of Labour, the Honourable Yasir Naqvi, for spearheading this much needed enforcement in Ontario. We strongly encourage other provinces and territories to follow suit to stop the misclassification and exploitation of interns.

Additional reading on the Ministry of Labour’s crackdown can be found at the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Canada.com, Canadian Business and Canadian Magazines.


MP Scott Brison stands up for interns in House of Commons

Member of Parliament Scott Brison stood up for unpaid interns in the House of Commons on Tuesday. During Question Period, he asked the following:

Mr. Speaker, there are 265,000 fewer jobs for young Canadians than before the downturn. Students looking for summer jobs are pressured into unpaid work just to get the work experience. This hurts students and it hurts their middle class parents who are struggling to pay the bills; but instead of tracking unpaid work, the Conservatives continue to ignore the problem. They cannot manage what they do not measure.

Will the new Minister of Finance and the government finally ask Statistics Canada to start tracking unpaid work, so we can actually make the investments to solve this problem for young Canadians and their families?

To watch the video, visit this CPAC page and start at 24:10.

Nextopia advertises paid internships

We’ve got a change of tone this morning with an always happy Wall of Fame post, after stumbling upon three paid full-time internships at Nextopia, an ecommerce company based in Toronto.

The company is accepting applications from qualified candidates until March 11, for a Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator and Sales Intern, and UI/UX Designer Intern. Kudos to Nextopia for supporting and investing in young people. As for all those interested in applying, get your applications in ASAP!



Les entrevues avec Radio-Canada

Certains de nos représentants ont fait des entrevues avec Radio-Canada à travers le pays au cours des derniers jours! Vous pouvez les trouver ici:

Radio-Canada Moncton :

Radio-Canada Acadie : Stages non rémunérés : de plus en plus d’étudiants dénoncent le phénomène & VIDEO (commencer à 12:12) 

Radio-Canada Manitoba : L’actuel

CHOI 1919 à Montréal : 300 000 personnes travaillent gratuitement!

L’Association canadienne des stagiaires est à la recherche des bénévoles francophones pour défendre avec nous et écrire des articles pour notre site. Si vous êtes intéressé, veuillez envoyer un e-mail info@internassociation.ca

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