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Barriers to employment

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Barriers to employment refers to obstacles people experience when looking for work or trying to keep a job. They do not make finding or keeping a job impossible, just more difficult. Some people experience multiple barriers to employment. Some barriers, such as lack of transportation, are temporary and easier to address than others.

Among typical barriers experienced by newcomers to Canada, for instance, are a lack of Canadian accreditation, lack of Canadian experience, lack of knowledge about Canadian workplace culture, low proficiency in English, isolation, and depression.


Hill, Stephen, “Employment Counselling and Poverty.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.244.

iSeek, “Barriers to Employment.” Online: (Retrieved on May 27, 2014)

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS), “Potential Barriers to Employment for Immigrant Job Seekers.” Online: (Retrieved on May 27, 2014)

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