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OHRC launches survey into Canadian experience requirement

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October 5, 2012

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TorontoA new survey launched today by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) asks job seekers and employers to describe how “Canadian experience” requirements in the Ontario job market have affected them.

“In our conversations with newcomers, they often talk about the requirement for ‘Canadian experience’ as a big barrier to their entry into the workforce,” commented OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall, “We want to learn more about how this requirement plays out in real life.”

The survey targets newcomers to Canada over the last ten years who have looked for jobs in Ontario since their arrival, and employers or human resources representatives, who use ‘Canadian experience’ as a job requirement.

The questions can be accessed online via the OHRC’s website, and its Facebook page. Organizations representing the newcomer and employer communities are being asked to take part. Interested parties can use the following URLs to fill out the survey form: 

The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete, and is available in English and French.  Participants can complete the survey anonymously, or provide contact information so that the OHRC can follow up with questions, if necessary.  For those who provide contact information, the information will be kept confidential and not shared with anyone outside of the OHRC.  The survey is available online for the next 3 weeks, although the deadline may be extended.

The survey results will form part of the OHRC’s broader consultation on this issue.


Afroze Edwards,
Senior Communications Officer,
Ontario Human Rights Commission,