Appearance before the HOC Finance Committee

Today President of the Canadian Intern Association Claire Seaborn appeared as a witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. She provided a written submission, five minutes of oral submissions, and answered questions from the Members of Parliament on the committee.

Today’s meeting was part of the federal government’s Pre-Budget Consultations and focused on maximizing the number of jobs for all Canadians (click here to view the Notice of Meeting and Orders of the Day). Some other witnesses included representatives from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Canada’s Building Trades Union, and the Canadian Arts Coalition.

Claire Seaborn also appeared before the Finance Committee in April 2014 as a part of their study on youth employment. In June the committee released a report that cited many of our submission and adopted our recommendations (more here).

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September 2014 Meeting in Toronto


Come out for a meet and greet with the Executive Team of the Canadian Intern Association. Learn about what we do and how you can join the movement. We’re actively looking for new coordinators to work with the association.


Meeting from 7:00-8:00PM at the Ryerson University Student Campus Centre (55 Gould Street, Toronto) in the Margaret Laurence Room.

Drinks/Social from 8:00-9:30PM at Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St E


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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.

Panel Discussion at Wilfred Laurier University

Yesterday I participated in a panel discussion at Wilfred Laurier University entitled: Getting a Foot in the Door? Debating Unpaid Internships. I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Greig de Peuter for organizing this event and to the Council for the Intellectual and Cultural Development of the Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University for funding it.

It was fantastic to see such a great turn out from students, academics, and university administration! The other panel members, Andrew Langille, Jainna Patel, and Agata Zieba, did a great job explaining many aspects of issues surrounding unpaid internships.





Meeting with the Geneva Interns Association

Fighting for intern’s rights is a global movement!

This weekend I met with some members of the Geneva Interns Association in Geneva, Switzerland. They are doing some fantastic work and always looking for new volunteers. Check out their “Unpaid is Unfair” campaign and petition, which aims to ensure equal access to United Nations internships. If you live in Geneva, you could stop by “GIA Drinks” that they host every week at a bar in Geneva (see the facebook page).



For more information about the Geneva Interns Association visit





Here are some of intern advocacy groups from around the world:

Contact us at if more groups should be added to this list!