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Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) serves as a pivotal pathway for individuals who have immersed themselves in Canada's professional landscape to transition into permanent residency. The CEC targets those who have already proven their capacity to succeed in the Canadian workforce, with a prerequisite of at least one year of full-time or equivalent part-time skilled job experience within the last three years. In addition to recognizing the priceless contributions made by skilled immigrants, this initiative makes use of their knowledge to fill labor market gaps and promote economic expansion. Successful applicants are empowered by the CEC to explore chances for career progression, integrate further into Canadian society, and strengthen the social fabric of the country by being granted permanent resident status.

The CEC also highlights Canada's dedication to diversity and inclusion by appreciating the distinct viewpoints and skills that immigrants provide to the nation. Canada demonstrates its commitment to creating a society in which people from different origins can prosper and add to the wealth of the whole through this initiative.


Applicants must have at least one year (12 months) of full-time skilled work experience in Canada within the last three years before applying. The work experience must be in one of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Levels:

  • Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations)
  • Skill Level A (professional occupations)
  • Skill Level B (technical occupations and skilled trades)

 Applicants must meet the minimum language requirements in English or French. This is usually demonstrated through language tests such as the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for English or the TEF (Test d'évaluation de français) for French.

While there is no specific education requirement for the CEC, having post-secondary education credentials can enhance your application.

 Applicants must demonstrate that they are admissible to Canada. This includes being in good health, not having a criminal record, and not posing a security risk to Canada.

 Applicants must create an Express Entry profile and be invited to apply for permanent residence through one of the regular draws conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The CEC is one of the programs managed through the Express Entry system.

Applicants must plan to live outside the province of Quebec, as Quebec has its own immigration programs. Additionally, they must intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec once they obtain permanent residency.

Successful applicants under the CEC receive permanent resident status, allowing them to live and work in Canada indefinitely. Permanent residents have access to various social benefits and healthcare services, and they can eventually apply for Canadian citizenship after meeting certain residency requirements.

Processing times for CEC applications can vary depending on various factors, including the volume of applications and the complexity of individual cases. However, IRCC aims to process most CEC applications within six months.

Cap of 12,000 complete applications are accepted on yearly basis with sub caps of 200 applications available for NOC B applicants.