TORONTO, Ont. – A Toronto MP is introducing a private member’s bill in the House of Commons, Monday, to address the issue of unpaid internships.
Andrew Cash, who represents the Davenport riding, says if his National Urban Worker Strategy bill is passed, it would affect as many as 300,000 interns in the province.
In Ontario, unpaid internships must be linked to a course credit to be considered legal, which means anyone working for the experience alone who is not receiving a paycheque is likely working illegally.
If the bill is passed, it would require federal and provincial ministers of labour to work together to figure out how to fill gaps in legislation which leave unpaid workers unprotected.
Cash says the province’s laws are stuck in the previous century, and we need to update our policies to reflect the reality of work today.