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Report from FINA recommends the protection of intern rights

By June 25, 2014Uncategorized

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) has released “Youth Employment in Canada: Challenges and Potential Solutions” – a report that summarizes the information gathered in relation to the Committee’s Youth Employment Study that was adopted on October 29, 2013.

As part of this study, the Committee held seven hearings in March and April of 2014; 38 groups or individuals made presentations to the Committee, and an additional 26 written briefs were received. Career Edge was privileged to have been included among those invited to appear as a witnesses, and to submit a brief with recommendations towards improving employment outcomes for Canada’s youth.

Career Edge’s brief that was presented to the Committee on April 8, 2014 included the following recommendation:

“That the government enact federal legislation to the Canada Labour Code that specifically outlines the conditions of internships across all of Canada’s provinces and territories. This will ensure fairness and the protection of young workers, while giving employers firm guidelines for incorporating internships and internship programs into their recruitment, retention, and succession planning initiatives.”

Career Edge is honoured that the Committee incorporated this recommendation and other insights in the report, specifically in Recommendation 9:

“That the federal government collect data on unpaid internships in Canada and work with the provinces and territories to ensure the appropriate protections under relevant labour codes. Moreover, the government should study the impacts of unpaid internships.”

Read Career Edge’s full brief by clicking here, or read the Committee’s full report at:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6658485&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&File=9

Career Edge’s other insights and recommendations are also included in the following areas of the report:

Chapter 2, Section E. 3. “Unpaid Internships”
Chapter 2, Section F. 3. “Regulatory and Other Measures in Relation to Paid and Unpaid Internships”

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