Understanding the Ontario Human Rights Commission Policy on Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier

Requiring “Canadian experience” could violate the Ontario Human Rights Code according to the new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy.

Basing hiring and accreditation decisions on whether a person has “Canadian experience” is not a reliable way to assess a person’s skills or abilities. Employers and regulatory bodies should ask about all of the candidates relevant trade, professional or other qualifications and prior experience regardless of where they obtained it from.

In part one of this series, Cherie Robertson, Senior Policy Analyst at OHRC, provides an overview of the new policy.

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