The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has taken the position that the requirement for “Canadian experience” should be assumed to discriminatory unless an employer or regulatory body can show that it is a bona fide requirement. Ron Franklin told Law Times that he thinks the OHRC got it right. In the Law Times’ September 9, 2013 issue, Ron was quoted as saying,
Overall, I believe that the OHRC’s position will give stakeholders a real incentive to take a second look at their criteria and focus on more objective ways to assess to applicant’s skill set and qualifications. Some professionals who I have met feel truly aggrieved about what they believe are outright discriminatory practices but also believe that it would be futile to challenge professional bodies because of their perceived legitimacy and resources. The Commission’s policy may encourage them to openly challenge regulator’s requirements where they believe that they’re discriminatory.
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