Few mourn death of unpaid internships (Editor's Notes)

But it's a good reminder of importance of proper internship programs
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2014

The bright light of publicity has been cast on the practice of unpaid internships — and it’s withering and dying from the exposure.

Ontario, in particular, has been cracking down on the practice and that has led to a host of high- profile magazines cancelling unpaid intern programs — including the Walrus, Flare, Chatelaine and Toronto Life.

Some of the magazines paid the interns nothing while others gave them a monthly stipend — for example, Chatelaine paid $400, which worked out to about $2.50 per hour — that was well below minimum wage.