Ontario's New Employment Equality and Pay Policy

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Published: 15 May 2024

In a significant stride towards fostering inclusivity and equal opportunity in the workplace, Ontario has taken a monumental step to address discrimination against prospective employees with international experience. Effective March 21, 2024, job applicants in Ontario will no longer face discrimination based on where they gained their experience outside of Canada during job interviews.

For years, job seekers with international experience have encountered barriers and biases in the employment process, often facing discrimination based on the origin of their work experience. Ontario's new employment equality initiative acknowledges the valuable skills, knowledge, and perspectives that individuals acquire through international experience. By removing discriminatory practices during job interviews, Ontario is embracing the wealth of talent that exists beyond its borders and fostering a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

Prospective employees will now be assessed based on their qualifications, skills, and merit, rather than being unfairly judged based on where they gained their experience outside of Canada. This shift promotes fairness, equity, and transparency in the hiring process, empowering individuals to compete for employment opportunities on an equal footing.

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