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

TORONTO, July 12, 2013 /CNW/ - On Monday July 15, 2013, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) in partnership with KPMG is launching its new Policy on removing the "Canadian experience" barrier.

The OHRC found 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 launch takes place at the KPMG Conference Centre, 46th Floor, Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Speakers include:

Elizabeth Reynolds, Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, KPMG
Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner, OHRC
Marie-Claire Muamba, Manager, OHRC
Cherie Robertson, Senior Policy Analyst, OHRC
Endrit Mullisi, personal reflections on the "Canadian experience" barrier
Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Izumi Sakamoto, Principal Investigator 'Beyond Canadian Experience Project', U of T
Hon. Jean Augustine, Ontario Fairness Commissioner
Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree
Moses Bar-Yosef, Executive Director, National Talent Attraction, KPMG
Claude Balthazard, Vice-President Regulatory Affairs, Human Resources Professionals
Association (HRPA)
Errol Mendes, Commissioner, OHRC

They will be available for interviews from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm following the presentations.

The OHRC is also holding a community-based event on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Learning Enrichment Foundation, 116 Industry Street, Toronto from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Media that cannot attend the July 15th event are cordially invited to attend the July 29th event.

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SOURCE: Ontario Human Rights Commission

For further information:

Afroze Edwards, Senior Communications Officer
Ontario Human Rights Commission,
416-314-4528, Afroze.edwards@ohrc.on.ca

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