Interns, foreign workers may get more protection

Ontario could expand rights under OHSA, employment standards
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/13/2014

Interns, co-op students and temporary foreign workers in Ontario could soon have more of the same legislative protections afforded to regular workers in the province.

In December, Minister of Labour Yasir Naqvi tabled the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, which amends five existing statues to incorporate better protections for unpaid and precarious workers.

“The mark of any compassionate society is to protect the vulnerable workers,” said Naqvi. “What we want to do is ensure that workers get paid for the work that they have done, and give businesses that play by the rules a competitive advantage.”