The Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Act have recognized the various challenges faced by newcomers, emphasizing the need for “Canadian work experience” on job descriptions (which could unintentionally lead to discrimination) to be one of them. There are, however, effective ways to counter this hurdle on first moving to Canada.
1. Understand Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with the Canadian Human Rights Act to know what employers can and cannot legally ask during the hiring process. They can inquire about your qualifications and work status in Canada, but personal information like age, race, or gender is off-limits.
2. Get Credentials Recognized: Don’t let your foreign credentials go unnoticed! You worked hard for them, and it is crucial that Canadian employers can acknowledge that so as to not employ you in a job that you are over-qualified for. Many professional bodies in Canada offer services to get your qualifications and experience recognized. This will help prospective employers understand the value of your skills in the Canadian context.
3. Improve Your Language Skills: If language is a barrier, consider enrolling in language training programs to enhance your English or French proficiency. Better language skills will boost your confidence and enable you to communicate effectively in the workplace.
The Government of Quebec, for example, offers free French courses to all persons who are:
- aged 16 years and older
- living in Quebec
- not subject to mandatory school attendance
- wish to receive French learning services
The service also extends to those planning to settle in Quebec. These courses may be eligible for financial assistance under some conditions.
4. Seek Career Counselling: Don’t hesitate to seek professional career counseling services. They can provide invaluable insights into job search strategies, crafting a Canadian-style resume, and understanding Canadian workplace culture.
We at SkilledWorker Inc. specialize in just that, offering industry-leading career coaching services. Resources, tools, one-on-one interview prep – you name it, we got it. While our MyCareer platform provides a free evaluation of your qualifications, we also offer paid services such as the EECP+ (our in-house Employment Enhancement and Coaching Package) and IELTS training courses.
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5. Network: Building a local network is a game-changer. Get involved in community events, volunteer opportunities, or join professional associations related to your field. Networking can lead you to job opportunities and provide advice from people who have faced similar challenges.
Remember, Canadian laws are designed to protect all workers, regardless of their background. As a foreign worker, permanent resident, or someone on a work or study visa, you have the right to fair treatment and freedom from discrimination, just like Canadian citizens.
Be patient with yourself on this journey. Overcoming these barriers may take time and effort, but with determination, you can do it! Keep pushing forward, and you’ll soon find your place in the Canadian job market. Good luck!
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