The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is one of three federal programs managed through Express Entry. It is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents.
The CEC was launched in 2008 to help address issues in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), which was experiencing significant application backlogs and wait times. The launch of the CEC also increased, attracted, and retained highly skilled workers and international graduates who have the ability to settle in Canada and benefit the Canadian labour market. The CEC is based on a streamlined pass/fail assessment of a few simple criteria linked to successful integration in Canada.
Candidates must have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the three years prior to applying. The work experience must be full-time or an equal amount in part-time.
This may look like either of the following:
Skilled work experience refers to experience in one of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups:
Candidates must prove that, while working in their primary occupation, they performed the duties described in the description of their NOC level occupation.
For official definitions of the occupations mentioned above, click here.
There is no education requirement for the CEC. However, applicants can earn points and improve their rank in the Express Entry pool by including their education history.
Candidates who attended a Canadian secondary or post-secondary school can earn points for a certificate, diploma or degree. Candidates with foreign education can also earn points for their credentials, provided they can obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an approved agency. To earn points, the applicant’s ECA must demonstrate that their education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary or post-secondary school.
CEC applicants are required to take a language proficiency test. English and French are the official languages in Canada. The applicant can choose to complete either an English or French proficiency test. They may also opt to both tests in order to increase their chances of approval. The results will reflect whether they have acquired adequate language abilities for them to properly establish themselves in Canada upon immigration.
Candidates are required to take a language test for each of the following categories:
Candidates must then update their Express Entry profile with the test results. Language tests are valid for two years after the date of the test result and must be valid on the date that the application for permanent residence is submitted.
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If you are an employer interested in hiring through the Canadian Experience Class, please contact us for more information.
If you are a candidate who would like to confirm whether you qualify for immigration to Canada through the Canadian Experience Class, please complete our free online evaluation form below.
Candidates must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. Quebec selects its own skilled workers and has a separate selection process. Skilled workers who want to live in Quebec can learn more about becoming a Quebec-selected skilled worker.
To be eligible for the CEC, candidates must be admissible to Canada.
You may be denied entry into Canada for:
Please note that it is possible for applicants to incorporate their partner (either spouse or common-law) along with their application. The partner who meets the requirements (as seen above) is recommended to fill out the application as the primary applicant.
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