Employers Can’t Require Applicants to Be Permanently Eligible to Work


​In a recent decision still reverberating with Canadian employers, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) struck down an employer’s practice of requiring job applicants to be permanently eligible to work in Canada, finding that this requirement violates the Human Rights Code.

The applicant was an international student who earned an engineering degree in Canada. He was given a three-year, post-graduation open work permit, which allowed him to work for any employer and in any position. Before applying for a project engineer job at the company involved in this case, the applicant learned that recruiters required graduate engineers to have Canadian citizenship or permanent residence.

Because the Ontario Human Rights Code prohibits employers from…


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Credit to Yusra Siddiquee and David J. Master for the original post.

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