On July 15, 2013, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (“OHRC”) released its Policy on Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (the “Policy”) barrier. The purpose of the Policy is to address the fact that new immigrants, with university educations and/or work experience, are denied opportunities for jobs or career advancement because they lack “Canadian Experience” (i.e. Canadian based work experience) and their foreign educational qualification or work experience are not recognized.
On August 18, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada published proposed regulatory amendments in the Canada Gazette, which will significantly alter the Federal Skilled Worker Class, create a new Federal Skilled Trades Class, and liberalize the Canadian Experience Class.
On June 25, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada published Ministerial Instructions and proposed regulations that significantly alter the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Immigrant Investor Program and Canadian Experience Class. An overview of the resulting changes, which became effective on June 26, 2010, is provided herein.