Ontario plans to ban Canadian work experience requirement in job postings

Ontario Labour Minister David Piccini has announced that Ontario plans to ban employers from requiring Canadian work experience in job postings or application forms, indicating it will be an essential step to help newcomers start their careers in Canada.

Ontario would be the first province to disassemble that obstacle in the hiring process, said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. Proposed changes would help qualified newcomers fill labour shortages in health care and other in-demand industries. “For far too long, too many people arriving in Canada have been funnelled toward dead-end jobs they’re overqualified for. We need to ensure these people can land well-paying and rewarding careers that help tackle the labour shortage.”

“We know many jobs have an important trial component to assess competency, but what we’ve heard far too often is that people don’t even get that shot to walk in the door and have that conversation and what we’re saying here is: that first hurdle, we’re bashing it down.”

Two years ago, the Ontario government passed a law prohibiting certain non-health professions from requiring Canadian work experience for licensing.

Piccini introduced the ban on requiring Canadian work experience in job postings in legislation with additional labour law changes, including requiring employers to disclose salary ranges in job postings and boosting benefits for injured workers.

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