Canadian Experience Class

One of the categories under the Express Entry Program is the Canadian Experience Class-CEC. If you have already gained some Canadian work experience this Class could be the one for you, as temporary foreign workers are ideal candidates for Canadian Immigration (permanent residence)

What is a Canadian Experience Class?

If you have temporarily lived in Canada and have work experience, are familiar with the society, and built a network in local communities and the workforce this is the Class you want to be applying through. Canadian Experience Class applications are processed through the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada.

Before you create and submit an application if you are an eligible candidate for this Class, you should:

  • Submit an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada
  • Create an online Express Entry profile
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residency

Who Can Apply For PR Through The Canadian Experience Class?

For you to be eligible, you must meet the minimum requirements under this Class:

  1. Canadian work experience
  2. Language ability
  3. Desired location to settle in

Canadian Work Experience

This requirement entails that you have  obtained at least one year of Canadian work experience (within 3 years of the application)  in 1 of these National Occupational classifications (NOC) job groups:

  • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
  • Professional jobs (skill level A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)

For any of these NOC job groups, there would be an occupational description with a lead statement.  You must prove that through your work experience that you have performed all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed in the lead statement

Your Canadian work experience must be:

  • Gained in Canada within the last 3 years with the proper authorization
  • calculated after your graduation as a student
  • paid work
  • at least 1 year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total (30 hours per week).
    1. full-time at 1 or more jobs: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1-year full time (1,560 hours)
    2. equal amount in part-time: 15-29 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

This requirement entails that you have  obtained at least one year of Canadian work experience (within 3 years of the application)  in 1 of these National Occupational classifications (NOC) job groups:

  • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
  • Professional jobs (skill level A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)

For any of these NOC job groups, there would be an occupational description with a lead statement.  You must prove that through your work experience that you have performed all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed in the lead statement

Your Canadian work experience must be:

  • Gained in Canada within the last 3 years with the proper authorization
  • calculated after your graduation as a student
  • paid work
  • at least 1 year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total (30 hours per week).
    1. full-time at 1 or more jobs: 30 hours/week for 12 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)
    2. equal amount in part-time: 15-29 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

Language Ability

  • You must complete language tests in English or French for:
    • writing, reading, listening, speaking
  • You must earn a  minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all 4 abilities for NOC 0 and A jobs OR (CLB) 5 for NOC B jobs

Ensure that your score is valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.  Your Language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result.

Desired location to settle in

Other than the province of Quebec (can apply to the Quebec Experience Class if you have work experience in Quebec) you may pick any province where you plan to live and work.