Post # 1
My husband and I are from Canada and recently moved provinces. I’ve been searching for a new job but I am shocked at how I’ve been treated.
One interview I went to, 2 minutes in the interviewer found out I moved from another province and suggested we end the interview since they don’t hire “foreigners”. I was taken aback since I am born and raised Canadian, so definitely not foreign, but I left because who wants to work for someone like that anyway?
The next interview went much better. The interviewer was nice, polite, and seemed eager to speak with me. I felt it went really well and I would be a good fit for the job. Apparently he disagreed. When we were done he told me he is pleased with my experience and credentials, but unfortunately the position they are hiring for is full time and they prefer to give those jobs to locals. Thinking he had misunderstood, I explained I have moved here permanently, in case he thought I was splitting my time between the two provinces, or only here for a short time. I assured him that I am local so there shouldn’t be any problems with that. He said “well you aren’t *really* a local” and then suggested I apply again if a temp job came up, since they want to keep the “good” jobs for people from around here.
I’m not sure what I can do if no one will hire me because I moved from a different province. I should also note that the jobs I’m applying for are 100% jobs I am qualified (or over-qualified) to do. I’ve been looking now for 4 months and I haven’t found anything at all.
Post # 2
Sadly this is common. A friend of mine moved from Ontario to Alberta and had a hell of a time finding a job because she wasn’t a ‘local’. They even bought a house, weren’t renting,.as to show they were serious about staying in AB. Took 2 years of contract work and employment agencies before she was hired on full-time direct.
Post # 3
I have no advice, as I’m an American, but I just want to say I’m speechless at this. That’s nuts!!
Post # 4
That’s so stupid. I would stop saying anything about your prior home since it’s totally irrelevant to the interview. If they ask where your are from deflect and give a non answer and say “oh we live over on Elm St, but I’m really interested to hear more about (whatever)”.
Post # 5
I’m also American and have never heard of such treatment before! That’s awful! Is there any way to not let on that you moved?? That’s my best idea.
Hope things work out for you bee.
Post # 6
Provinces /states etc. are not athing here, but in my experience small towns prefere to hire locals. I live in a major city and applied for a job 30 minutes drive away. I’ve worked there before as a temp but the hiring manager told me that they hired a local. Also, I applied to another small town next to my university town and the first question was “would you actully move here?”. Once I applied to a public sector and they have to send the name list of all those interviewed. The 8 people interviewed were all from that town of the next town over. So I can totally see this happening
Post # 7
Can you not bring up that you moved from another province? Are they asking this question?
That’s so strange. I’ve never experienced something like that. I’m not from Canada but I’m in the US and lived in a few different states and not being from whatever state I was interviewing in has never been a problem.
Post # 9
I would guess that they know you’re from a different province based on the fact that your resume lists a bunch of companies that are located from your original province, and not that you’re going out of your way to tell them you’ve moved from another province. There isn’t much you can do about the fact that your work experience is from another geographic location.
I would maybe suggest telling them that someone local recommended that you apply at their company? At least then it might demonstrate to them that you’re part of the local community? This is so strange. I can’t imagine someone in Maryland being told they weren’t going to be hired because they were from Florida.
My best advice would be to get into the local scene as much as possible. Also see if you can locate companies with branches in multiple provinces if that’s possible.
Post # 10
Did you move to a really small town? Or into/out of Quebec? I am wondering if they are concerned about your language skills? Or if the town is so small they always hire friends/family? I’ve live in Montreal and have worked in Ottawa and Toronto and have never heard of this or had something similar happen. It seems really unprofessional and like a lawsuit just waiting to happen. Plus, I work in employability and my job is to help new arrivals (generally immigrants but occasionally those from other provinces, find work) and I’ve never encountered this.
Post # 11
Yes, they can see from my resume that all my job experience (up to six months ago) is from my home province. If they ask me about it I obviously don’t lie, but I aslo don’t bring it up first, or bring extra attention to it.
Honestly, I had never heard of this being an issue before, my sister and her husband moved provinces and have never gone through this, and I have lots of friends who have moved around and if they experienced this they never shared that with me. Granted we moved to a fairly small town, but the population is about 20,000 so it’s not TINY.
I’m just feeling really discouraged at the moment, we knew I might not be able to find a job right away, but we never thought the reason for that would be because I was born in a different province. It’s still Canada after all.
I’m sure it’s not technically legal for them to discriminate like that (or come right out and say it, how hard is it to just say I’m “not the right fit” or something) but I’m not going to call them out on it and force them to hire me because it would be miserable working with people who don’t want you there, and would probably watch over your shoulder for any little reason to fire you.
Post # 12
You moved to Quebec, didn’t you.
I lived in Montreal for a short period. The attitude there is much different than the rest of Canada. I felt discriminated against many times. Sad but it does happen quite often there.
Post # 13
evilqueenkarly : Just because you don’t want to force them to hire you, you may want to still report the behaviour to discourage them from discrimination in the future. I am from the states so I don’t know Canadian labor laws, but it would sure bother me if someone was blatantly discriminating against people over being new to the area. This entire approach seems counterintuitive as you want people to move to your city and contribute to the local economy.
Post # 14
I’m so sorry this is happening to you bee, I’ve only ever lived in Ontario in Canada but I have never heard of this happening! Do you mind sharing where you’ve moved to? I can’t believe that they are being so openly discriminatory.. like do they not have any brain cells in their head saying this stuff out loud to you?! I am outraged on your behalf to be honest.
Post # 15
Thanks for the support everyone, I’m glad it’s not just me who finds this weird!
I moved from BC to PEI (one side of Canada to the other!) so Quebec/French isn’t an issue. Nothing against Quebec or it’s people but I’ve been there enough times to know that it’s a very different feel than the rest of Canada, and not really my thing.
As a side note, we bought a house here, and even about that we have received some push back, saying we are taking houses that locals could have, and driving up the prices so everyone else can’t afford things. We’ve been to PEI many times and everyone is always super nice (they’re known for it, even in Canada!) but I guess it’s different when you’re a tourist to when you move here.