The Government of Canada strengthens federal labour standards for work-integrated learning
“Young people play a vital role in our society. They help shape Canada’s workplaces with new ideas and experiences. That is why the Government is committed to providing them with the support and protections they need as they acquire the skills and experience that will help them succeed.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour
The final Standards for Work-Integrated Learning Activities Regulations were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on July 8, 2020. Amendments to Part III of the Canada Labour Code, introduced by the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 (Bill C-59) and amended by the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2 (Bill C-63), received Royal Assent in December 2017.
These changes build on other efforts to protect young workers working in federally regulated workplaces. As of January 1, 2021, when Bill C-65 comes into force, all employees and interns will be better protected from workplace harassment and violence, including sexual harassment.
As more and more employers shift to virtual workplaces and platforms, the Government of Canada is committed to protecting the mental health and the work-life balance of Canadian workers. The federal government has created a virtual network of psychosocial supports called Wellness Together Canada and is also moving forward on the commitment to give federally regulated workers the “right to disconnect.”
Office of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Labour
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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