Canadian work experience not a basis to refuse jobs to newcomers

Ontario Human Rights Commission’s recommendations not law but will be considered in tribunal decisions
By Erin Kuzz
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/18/2013

On July 15, 2013, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released its latest policy entitled “Removing the ‘Canadian Experience’ Barrier.” Intended to address one of the barriers identified by immigrant groups to finding jobs in Canada, the policy recommends employers amend their recruitment and hiring practices to de-emphasize “Canadian work experience” as a qualification for hiring.

The role of the commission — a brief overview

Prior to 2006, the role of the commission was to act as a “gatekeeper”, reviewing and investigating complaints under the Ontario Human Rights Code to determine whether they had sufficient merit to be forwarded to the Human Rights Tribunal for a full hearing.