End the exploitation of unpaid interns!
There are an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 unpaid internships in Canada each year, depriving young people of economic opportunity and potentially displacing paid workers. Unpaid internships perpetuate poorer labour market outcomes for marginalized groups and those who cannot afford to participate; and
The Ontario Ministry of Labour is not adequately enforcing existing laws on unpaid internships.
I add my name to support the Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act, 2015
- Extends basic protections under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) to those currently excluded;
- Requires that posters with information about interns’ rights in Ontario be conspicuously displayed in the workplace;
- Requires that employers provide interns with written notice about conditions of work, length of employment, hours of work, and job description, to be submitted to the Ministry to enable the collection of data on internships; and
- Creates a system to allow anonymous and third-party complaints about unpaid internships.