At the front line for remuneration

The Quebec student union, in collaboration with the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ), is calling for ALL internships in the public and parapublic sector to be remunerated. On March 30, a motion calling for all internships in the public sector to be remunerated was passed unanimously by the National Assembly, but nothing has happened since. We demand that the government recognize the work of our interns for what it's worth, and that starts with remuneration for their work.
At the front line for remuneration

Our demand is clear :

all internships must be remunerated.

Some internships, mainly in traditionally female fields of employment, are unpaid.

Unable to work in addition to their internships and studies, the student intern community is experiencing great financial insecurity in this period of inflation. We want to know exactly when the Minister will put in place concrete and sustainable solutions to remunerate interns. We want remuneration for all internships, whether in the parapublic or public sector.

This fall, the student movement will be on the front line for remuneration!

Actions of the campaign

Open letter from the CADEUL

Along with our partner the FECQ and some fifty other associations, the UEQ has co-signed an open letter from the Confédération des associations d'étudiants et étudiantes de l'Université Laval (CADEUL). This letter is calling for remuneration of internships in Quebec.

Press release at the National Assembly

On September 13, our president and the president of the FECQ took the floor to call for government action on the remuneration of internships.

Symbolic demonstration in front of the Ministry of Higher Education

On October 10, with the FECQ and several other campus and program associations, the Front line for remuneration held its first mobilization action in front of the offices of the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur in Montreal.

Action in front of the National Assembly

On November 1ᵉʳ, 2023, student associations moved in front of the National Assembly in Quebec City to demand payment for all internships.

Action in front of the Minister of Higher Education's constituency office in Repentigny

On November 27, 2023, we were in Repentigny in front of the constituency office of the Minister of Higher Education to put forward the message: No more free work or discount internships!

Launch of testimonial capsules on social media

From January to March 2024, testimonial capsules were broadcast on the QSU and FECQ social media networks. These short videos present the reality of interns across Quebec, who receive no remuneration for the work they do during their internships. They share their reality and why it's essential that all interns be paid.

To view our capsules, visit our social media: Instagram and Facebook

Mass e-mails to deputies of the National Assembly

On February 26, 2024, deputies to the National Assembly received hundreds of e-mails from interns and students demanding that all internships in Quebec be paid. Our next generation is running out of steam before they even enter the job market. We have to act!

Action in front of the Minister of Education's office in Lévis

On March 1ᵉʳ, 2024, interns and student associations across Quebec mobilized in front of the Minister of Education's office.

Our future teachers spend many hours in obligatory internships in order to be able to practice their professions. Although, by the fourth internship, they are doing the same work as a teacher, interns are not paid in any way. Given the labour shortage in this sector, it's vital that we take action!

Local mobilization

Many student associations are rallying behind our campaign : here are some of their distinctive actions.

Press briefing by the FEUS

On September 19, the Fédération étudiante de l'Université de Sherbrooke (FEUS) held a press conference to denounce the unpaid status of interns working in the public and parapublic sectors.

Press briefing by UdeM student associations

On September 20, the student associations for speech-language pathology and audiology, psychoeducation and secondary education at the Université de Montréal (UdeM) held a press conference to call for an expansion of the programs eligible for the Perspective Scholarship Program, as well as for remuneration for trainees.

International Trainee Day

To get involved in the campaign, turn to your program or campus student association. They'll give you more information about the campaign!

Join the Front

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