Many young worker and student advocates have raised concern in recent years regarding the misclassification of workers (mostly young student workers) as ‘interns’. This practice has enabled some employers to hire workers and provide them training or ‘real-life’ work experience, in lieu of wages.
This creates a host of concerns about worker exploitation, and raises significant questions about the applicability and enforcement of employment standards legislation. The exploitative potential of unpaid internships is very real.
Check out: Unpaid Interns in Canada May Number As Many As 300,000: Report, Lee-Ann Goodman (Canadian Press)