ON institutions face lack of clarity on WIL legal issues, says HEQCO report

October 27, 2016

Postsecondary institutions in Ontario are facing a challenging lack of clarity on a number of legal issues that have emerged around work-integrated learning, according to a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The study combined in-depth interviews with WIL experts in legal and non-legal roles with a review of provincial and federal legislation and regulations, as well as legal cases dating back to 1990. Provincially, the report highlighted employment standards, health and safety, and human rights issues that may be potentially challenging to institutions. On a federal level, it found that institutions may struggle with legal concerns about intellectual property, employment insurance, and immigration law. More specific manifestations of these problems could include uncertainty about students' right to a minimum wage, statutory holidays, vacation pay, maximum work hours, and regular breaks. HEQCO | Report