- Requiring applicants to have prior work experience in Canada to be eligible for a particular job.
- Assumptions that an applicant will not succeed in a particular job because he or she lacks Canadian experience.
- Discounting an applicant's foreign work experience or assign it less weight than their Canadian work experience.
- Relying on subjective notions of "fit" when considering an applicant's ability to succeed in the workplace.
- Including a requirement for prior Canadian work experience in the job posting or ad, or a requirement for qualifications that could only be obtained by working in Canada.
- Require applicants to disclose their country of origin or the location of their work experience on the job application form.
- Ask applicants questions that may directly or indirectly reveal where their work experience was obtained.
- Ask for local references only.
(Source: Excerpt from: Policy on removing the "Canadian experience" barrier - pgs. 4 & 5)
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The barrier-free job description:
- Focuses on what needs to be achieved
- Lists only education and experience vital to successful job performance
- Differentiates essential from non-essential qualifications
- Reads in clear, concise language
- Highlights interesting aspects of the position, work environment and organization to attract skilled immigrants to the position