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Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a testament to Canada’s progressive immigration policies, tailored to skilled workers already settled in Canada. The CEC, which was introduced in 2008, recognizes the significant contribution foreign workers and international graduates have Canadian society and the economy. This esteemed pathway caters to individuals who have not only demonstrated their skills and expertise in the Canadian workforce but have also embraced and contributed to the rich diversity of Canada’s diverse cultural landscape. The CEC is particularly popular among those who have already formed a deep connection with Canada, having acquired valuable work experience and a comprehensive understanding of societal and cultural dynamics within the country.

Applicants under the CEC are uniquely positioned, as their Canadian work experience signifies a proven ability to meet the demands of the Canadian job market and to integrate into local communities effectively. This prior experience is a key advantage, facilitating a smoother transition to permanent residency than those without local Canadian experience. The success of the CEC reflects Canada’s commitment to building a strong and resilient workforce by retaining individuals who have already contributed positively to the economy and society. It underscores the nation’s recognition of the importance of providing a stable and welcoming environment for skilled workers who have chosen Canada as their home and are eager to continue their journey in this vibrant and inclusive society.

Minimum Program requirements


  • At least one year of skilled work in Canada within the last 3 years
  • Experience may consist of full-time work or equivalent part-time work. 
  • Your work experience must be in TEER categories 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the NOC. Qualifying experience may come from one or more TEERs. 
  • Experience acquired while pursuing full-time studies, including co-op positions, does not satisfy the minimum experience requirement, except for physicians who are exempt from this rule, and their experience in this regard is considered.
  • Work must be performed legally in Canada under temporary resident status.
  • You must have performed all essential duties and most main duties as listed in the NOC’s lead statement.

A minimum CLB of 7 is required for jobs in TEER 0 or 1 and a minimum CLB of 5 is required for jobs in TEER 2 or 3.

Education: The Canadian Experience Class does not require any education. An applicant who has earned a Canadian education or has an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for a foreign education, however, will earn points in their Express Entry pool.

Admissibility: You must be admissible to Canada.

Important Key Points

  • Applicants can remain in Canada throughout the application process. However, the Canadian Experience Class is also open to individuals who are no longer in Canada if they submit their application within three years of leaving their job in Canada.
  • The requirements of Canadian Experience Class are based on a pass or fail model. If the minimum requirements are met, the applicant is eligible to enter the Express Entry pool.
  • The applicant is not required to have at least 67 points based on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) immigration selection factors.
  • The applicants must plan to reside outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers through a unique immigration system.

How Can X Can Help?

Documentation Mastery: We expertly navigate the challenges of demonstrating your Canadian work experience with our deep understanding of CEC requirements. We ensure your professional history is presented thoroughly and compliantly, reflecting all the necessary details to meet CEC standards.

Selecting the Right TEER/NOC Code: Selecting the appropriate TEER/NOC code is crucial for your FSW application. With Can X, we offer expert guidance in choosing code that matches your work experience and enhances your application’s relevance and strength.

Handling Employment Verification Challenges: At Can X, we recognize that securing an experience letter from employers can sometimes be difficult. This document is essential to your application, and we are here to help you navigate these challenges. We provide advice on how to effectively request the necessary documentation from your employer and can help draft request letters that specify your needs.

Customized Application Strategy: Leveraging our extensive knowledge of the CEC, Can X crafts a customized application strategy tailored to your unique profile. We align your Canadian work experience and any additional qualifications with the CEC requirements to optimize your chances of success.

Proven Expertise: With a track record of successfully assisting clients through the CEC application process, Can X has become synonymous with reliability and expertise in managing Canadian immigration programs.

End-to-End Support: From your initial consultation to your successful establishment in Canada, Can X provide holistic support. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Canadian Experience Class

It is not necessary for your work experience to be related to your education. Nonetheless, it is your responsibility to prove you are qualified to work in a skilled occupation (i.e. you have the necessary education, skills, and language).

Yes, however, you need to submit your application within 3 years of leaving your Canada job.

Proof of funds is not required if you apply under the Canadian Experience Class.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program designed for skilled workers with Canadian work experience who wish to obtain permanent residency in Canada.

Canadian work experience is crucial in the Express Entry system. This increases your CRS score and demonstrates your integration into Canadian society, making you a strong candidate for permanent residency.

No, there is no educational requirement for CEC. However, Canadian education can further enhance your eligibility and ranking in the Express Entry pool.