Impact North Shore’s Canadian Work Experience Project engaged 170+ local employers, newcomers and service providers to reflect on the validity of ‘Canadian Work Experience’ to explore and challenge bias and exclusionary practices that racialized im/migrants face in the local labour market. Our research and engagement also explored how employers are negatively affected by not having strategies to assess the education, skills and talents of newcomers.

The Rethinking Assumptions: Unpacking Canadian Work Experience Employer Resource Toolkit provides resources on building anti-racist and equitable workplaces. The Employer Resource Toolkit offers strategies for employers to see beyond the limiting, unnecessary, and biased requirement for Canadian work experience, and give concrete suggestions for how employers can onboard and retain im/migrants in their workforce.