Ontario looking into labour legislation for student interns

October 17, 2013

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is looking into aspects of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that govern unpaid internships, according to the Toronto Star. “We are currently looking at bringing co-op students under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to ensure they have all the same rights and protections as all other workers,” says Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi. However, Naqvi also says that the exemption in the legislation allowing students to work without pay is not being reconsidered because students receive a course credit instead of money. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has been calling on the Ontario government to amend the Employment Standards Act to include protections for student interns. Toronto Star