COVID-19 has created the need for most post-secondary institutions (PSI) — throughout the province and around the world — to react quickly to the current situation. These rapid decisions are presumably made with the best intentions for the good of the student body, but it’s important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a student.
Changes to Federal Labour Standards Regarding Internships
As of September 1, 2020, the Government of Canada has introduced changes to the federal labour standards to strengthen the protections and regulations for internships in federally regulated workspaces.
- Interns in a temporary placement in a workplace that is not part of an educational program now have the same labour standards protections as employees, including the right to be paid at least the minimum wage
- Student interns in a workplace that fulfills the requirements of an educational program may be unpaid and entitled to certain labour standards protections set out in the new regulations
Post-Secondary Institutions of B.C. – Rights and Responsibilities
We’ve compiled this list of resources from many of the PSI of B.C. so you can stay informed about changes that may affect you and your institution.
- BCIT Student Complaint Handbook
- BCIT Policies and Guidelines
- BCIT Rights and Responsibilities
- BCITSA Student Advocate
- Office of the Ombudsman
- Student Conduct Policy
- Student and Instructor Issues
- The Appeal Process
- Student Rights and Responsibilities