Not only do unpaid interns make no salary, but federally regulated ones don't even have the basic Canada Labour Code protections that employees enjoy.
But unpaid workers are getting a break for once. On Tuesday morning the government revealed it is bowing to pressure and will treat unpaid interns like real people with basic labour code protections.
At minimum the new regulations will include sexual harassment protection, maximum hours of work protection, unpaid bereavement leave and unpaid sick leave, said Saxton.
In the meantime this is a big win for unpaid interns. The bad news is they still don't get paid.
Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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