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How to Overcome a Lack of Canadian Work Experience In Job Market

By cvf, 08/01/2023

Navigating the Canadian job market can be challenging for newcomers due to barriers such as unfamiliarity with Canadian work experience, unrecognized foreign credentials, language hurdles, and other issues. 

Despite these obstacles, there are effective ways to overcome these challenges and land a meaningful job.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Act have highlighted some of these barriers and noted that the need for “Canadian experience” might inadvertently lead to discrimination. 

While most Canadian employers fall under provincial jurisdiction, the legislation usually aligns with federal laws, ensuring employment practices respect human rights.

You might encounter some of these barriers like employers undervaluing foreign credentials, language and communication issues, lack of support from employers in integrating into the workplace, being deemed “overqualified,” or outright discrimination. 

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However, there are several ways to navigate these challenges:

  • Understand Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with the Canadian Human Rights Act to know what employers can legally ask. For example, they can inquire about your qualifications or your legal status to work in Canada but cannot ask about your personal information like age, race, or gender.
  • Get Credentials Recognized: Many professional bodies in Canada provide services to get your foreign credentials and experience recognized. This can help prospective employers understand your qualifications in the Canadian context.
  • Improve Language Skills: Enroll in language training programs to improve your English or French proficiency. This will boost your confidence and help in effectively communicating in the workplace.

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Seek Career Counselling: Professional career counseling services can provide insights into job search strategies, preparing a Canadian-style resume, or even learning about Canadian workplace culture.

  • Network: Participating in community events, volunteering, or joining professional associations can help build a local network. Networking is a great way to find out about job opportunities and get advice from people who have faced similar challenges.

It’s important to remember that Canadian laws are designed to protect all workers. Foreign workers, permanent residents, and those on a work or study visa have the right to fair treatment and freedom from discrimination, just like Canadian citizens. 

Be patient with yourself in this journey and know that with time and effort, these barriers can be overcome.

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