Last Updated: 26 July 2021
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program offers an opportunity for temporary foreign workers working in certain occupations to obtain permanent residence in Canada.
To be eligible for the CEC, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Gained at least one year of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date; and
- Meet Language Requirements of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 for NOC B jobs or CLB 7, for NOC skill level 0 or A jobs.
- Plan to live and work outside of the province of Quebec (if you plan to live outside Quebec, you may be eligible to apply to the Quebec Experience Class).
To gain 1 year (12 months) experience you must be performing at least 1,560 hours of skilled work in Canada as per the NOC 0, A or B. The 1,560 hours can be gained through full-time and/or part-time work.
Important: Self-employment and work experience gained while you were studying as a full-time student (for example, on a co-op work term) does not count under the Canadian Experience Class.
For applying under the Canadian Experience Class you do not need to be residing in Canada, you can apply as long as you have the relevant 1-year of experience within three years of leaving your job in Canada.
If the minimum eligibility requirements are met, you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool.