Doug Ford’s Toronto mayoral campaign is hiring unpaid interns to work at the candidate’s campaign office answering emails, conducting research, and taking part in “many areas of campaign execution,” according to postings aimed at Toronto-area university students.
At least two listings were posted on Toronto universities’ job banks in late September seeking staffers who would work 120 hours at the Etobicoke office handling a variety of tasks without remuneration, potentially in violation of Ontario labour laws.
“Applicants must be available to work a minimum of 15-20 hours per week at the campaign office,” reads a listing on the York University Career Centre website.
The announcement, posted Sept. 23, includes a list of required office skills including: proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, typing skills, research skills, and familiarity with online publishing and social media platforms.
“You will be involved with many areas of campaign execution and be exposed to the inner workings of how its [sic] all put together, gaining valuable experience and know how,” the posting promises.
A U of T job posting seeking three unpaid interns listed the positions as “political campaign organizer.”