Students from Montreal, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Gatineau and Laval conducted industrial action on 20 February to demand pay for all internships as well as protections workers are granted by law. The regional coalitions for paid internships are asking for the recognition of the status of workers for interns, as well as the repeal of legislation allowing the  interns’ bosses  not to pay their interns.
This is part of a global campaign of students who do internships to be paid for their work. It was organized in Canada by CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees).

"When you do an internship in social work, nursing or teaching, why do you have to do it for free, even paying and taking out loans? Clearly, it is because there is a majority of women in these fields and their work is not recognized at its true value."