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Employment discrimination based on citizenship

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 8:42 AM | By Nikolay Chsherbinin

Canadian citizens and permanent residents have an unrestricted right to work for any employer in Canada. Non-citizens’ right to work is restricted by a statutory requirement to obtain a work permit. When employers make a distinction between job candidates on the basis of a person’s immigration status it may lead to an allegation of discrimination on the basis of citizenship, a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Human Rights Code (Code).

A recent case in point is Haseeb v. Imperial Oil Limited 2018 HRTO 957, where the...