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Federal Government Promises Greater Protection for Interns

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Yesterday, the Government of Canada presented the 2015 Federal Budget, which – among many of our country’s chief priorities – includes a promise of strengthening the Canada Labour Code by extending protection of, “all employees and interns under federal jurisdiction.”

This news represents a big win for those who have joined forces with Career Edge to advocate for fairness and equity for interns in Canada, particularly the Canadian Intern Association, which has advocated tirelessly for interns’ rights since it was founded in May 2012. This inclusion of intern protections in the budget is also being celebrated by all those who have supported the Intern Protection Act (Bill C-636), which is scheduled for voting tonight.

This time last year, Career Edge and the Canadian Intern Association were among many subject matter experts asked to present briefs to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) as part of their Youth Employment Study, and subsequent report. The purpose of these briefs that were presented in a series of Committee hearings was to advise FINA on solutions that would promote higher levels of youth employment.

As a staunch advocate for greater employment and paid internship opportunities for new graduates – including those with disabilities – as well as newcomers to Canada, we are truly thrilled to see that our recommendations were reflected in the budget.

Working with government at all levels and other key stakeholders, we have taken a significant and positive step forward to cultivate socio-economic sustainability for all Canadians by ensuring our youth and new immigrants find meaningful work experience, so they can become taxpayers – not tax burdens.

Your Update on Bill C-636 and Bill 64

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Last month, NDP members of both federal and provincial parliaments introduced bills that – if passed – will extend workplace standards and safety provisions to interns under the Canada Labour Code (CLC) and Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The introduction of these bills is a big step forward in terms of ensuring fairness and equity for interns, while making the conditions related to unpaid internships more comprehensive for employers.

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Career Edge opens its doors even wider to share internship opportunities

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Career Edge has taken a big step towards connecting more interns with leading organizations in Canada, by making our internship posting board public.

Previously, our internship posting board was only accessible through private user account logins. Now that we’ve gone public, however, any visitor to careeredge.ca can quickly and easily check out all of the paid internship positions we currently have available.

For job seekers, searching for internships is now a breeze, and – with a single click – registered users can log in and apply to internships that match their career goals.

Employers will also benefit from added internship posting promotion. With an open posting board, jobs posted to Career Edge’s website are picked up by metasearch engines and aggregators, like Indeed.com. The board and individual postings are also optimized for social sharing, making it a snap to “Like” on Facebook and LinkedIn, or tweet on Twitter.

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So what are you waiting for? Check out our brand new public posting board now!