Media Advisory - Remove "Canadian experience" as an employment requirement: OHRC

TORONTO, July 26, 2013 /CNW/ - On Monday July 29, 2013, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) in partnership with The Learning Enrichment Foundation shares its new Policy on removing the "Canadian experience" barrier.

The OHRC Policy shows that many newcomers turn to unpaid work such as volunteering, internships or low-skilled "survival jobs" to meet the requirement for Canadian experience. The new policy sets out the OHRC's position that a strict requirement for "Canadian experience" is discriminatory, and can only be used in rare circumstances.

The community-based event takes place on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Learning Enrichment Foundation, 116 Industry Street, Toronto from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.

Speakers include:

1:00 p.m. 
Welcome
Peter Frampton, Executive Director
The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF)
   
1:05 p.m. 

The policy - introduction
Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
   
1:15 p.m.  Synopsis - French
Marie-Claire Muamba, Manager, Public Interest Inquiries Branch, OHRC
   
1:25 p.m. 
Reflections on the "Canadian experience" barrier
Fernando Rivas, Conductor of Client Engagement, LEF
   
1:30 p.m.  The policy - more details
Rita Samson, Public Education and Outreach Officer, OHRC
   
1:40 p.m.  Concluding comments
Barbara Hall
   
1:45 p.m. 

Questions and answers
Barbara Hall
Shaheen Azmi, Director, Policy, Education, Monitoring and Outreach Branch,
OHRC
   
2:05 p.m. 
Networking and refreshments

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SOURCE: Ontario Human Rights Commission

For further information:

Rosemary Bennett, Senior Communications Officer
Ontario Human Rights Commission,
416-314-4549, rosemary.bennett@ohrc.on.ca


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