The ministry requires principals to submit each year, from September 1 to August 31 (school year), the total number of hours of internship for which the Ministry of Education has provided WSIA coverage to students participating in each of the following: the agreement must also be signed for students aged 14 and over if they participate in employment-shadowing/twinning experiences involving more than one day of practical work. Students who are in vocational training or an experience program and who do not receive a salary are considered employees of the Ministry of Education for coverage purposes within the WSIA, as soon as the “Work Education Agreement” (WEA) form is completed and the internship begins (see “Get WSIA Coverage” section below). Parties must complete and sign a training form before the student begins the job training program to ensure that WSIB coverage is provided by the Ministry of Education. Concerns have been expressed about students participating in internships where they may be exposed to infectious diseases. These work environments include, among others, hospitals, laboratories, dental practices, ambulance services, veterinary services and nursing homes. These work environments are not consistent when it comes to requiring vaccinations against various diseases. In addition, TB testing requirements for people working in a number of work environments may not be consistent. This memorandum instructs principals and schools on coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA), 1997, for students, including adults who participate in various training programs (also known as experience learning programs) in which the student is considered a worker. These programs include short-term opportunities such as work experience, longer-term opportunities such as co-operative training and practical internships, which may encompass some or all of the individualized programs of some alternative apprenticeship (CSA) students. WSIA coverage agreed through the ministry only applies to the times and data listed on the WEA form.
In cases where the student and/or employer wishes to change the hours or dates set out in the WEA form, a supplementary note must be added to the form to ensure that the WSIA coverage required for the student is maintained. The mention must be signed by the teacher, the student, the student`s parents (if the student is under 18 years of age) and the placement counsellor. The signed note is required before the student begins the new schedule at the internship. Students are entitled to lost services if they suffer an injury or illness (paid or unpaid) during an internship, and if that injury or illness causes them to lose time in the service of the job and/or a part-time job that has nothing to do with the placement.