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HRM CA | 22 Jul 2014, 08:52 AM Agree 0
One provincial human rights tribunal weighed in on whether a Canadian experience requirement is discrimination. Could your hiring policies be putting your company at risk?
  • Sean Nethercott | 23 Jul 2013, 01:46 PM Agree 0
    The only consequence of this will be that instead of rejecting candidates because of lack of Canadian experience it will be for some other reason .... Since hiring is entirely subjective anyway.
  • Harold Sahadeo | 23 Jul 2013, 07:53 PM Agree 0
    Mr. Nethercott could not be further from the truth. The consequence can be severe if someone files a discrimination complaint. While the Applicant must have "prima facie" evidence, the respondent must show "bona fide" reasons for its decision. Lost wages and general damages can be assessed among other remedies.
  • SP | 11 Feb 2014, 04:25 PM Agree 0
    Absolutely.
    Why is Canadian working experience different than that of US, for example in engineering?
    Moreover, born and raised in Canada, Canadians are never being asked such question.
    Anyways...
  • Joanne | 17 Feb 2014, 10:33 AM Agree 0
    Many, many years ago I was new immigrant and was very frustrated when I was looking for a job as an Executive Assistant as they kept asking for "Canadian Experience". Finally I asked the interviewer a couple of my own questions. 1. How do you file, do you do it by A to Z? Remarkably the answer was yes and my response to that was "well so do I". How do you count, 1 to 100 and above? Again the remarkable answer was yes and again my response was "so do I, so why do I need Canadian Experience? If I had been working with money then perhaps I would have needed Canadian Experience as the money I was familiar with was not dollars and cents. Anyway I got the job. As time went by my boss told me I was one of the best hires he had done.
  • Shazia | 22 Feb 2014, 09:22 PM Agree 0
    I really fail to understand how is it different working in Unilever, Young and Rubicam, Pepsi and Weber Shandwick for example, in other parts of the world than Canadian market?? Are those working in these organisations in Canada more qualified than the ones who come from other parts of the globe? May be not; may be they are professionally and academically stronger that creates job insecurity for those less qualified at the helm in these multinationals in Canada and thus this ridiculous excuse: "You lack Canadian experiece."
  • sean nethercott | 09 May 2016, 01:13 PM Agree 0
    There are three things people need to do to get a job - they need to know hoe to do the job, they need to actually want to do the job, and they need to fit into the existing team effectively.
    The challenges in trying to legislate compliance around who and why we hire who we do is that these measures are mostly subjective.
    Can someone from another country do the job - maybe, but there often large differences in both content, training and culture in the workplace that are picked up in the interview process.
    Sure someone can file a complaint or sue for discrimination, but its ignoring the fundamental problem which is as a hiring manager you want to hire someone who will add to your team and work out - that may be someone new to Canada or someone born here, but its got to be up to you to find out in the interview process.
    I don't want to say that "Canadian Experience" is an excuse, but I have hired people new to
    Canada and they have worked out great, others have not - similarly Canadians have done the same - so it is not what you need to focus on when looking for work - try to answer the three issues the employer has and you will find the right job fast.
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