Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is part of Canada’s Immigration Express Entry program. It is a specific immigration program that facilitates citizenship for people who have worked in Canada for at least one year and wish to become permanent residents.

The Government of Canada encourages people who are landed immigrants to apply for citizenship, especially when there are people and families who have established roots in Canada and desire to stay for the long term.

Candidates for the Canadian Experience Class must have at least one year of work experience in Canada. This is a very important factor in assessing a persons application and it provides applicants with additional points which is based on their Canadian experience.


  • Have at least 12 months of full-time (or an equivalent in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada within the last three years. This experience must have been obtained while on a valid work permit and needs to be in one or more occupations classified as skill type 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The one year of experience can be gained in two different NOC codes, so long as they are skilled positions and the work experience is gained legally;
  • Plan on living outside the province of Quebec; and
  • Meet the required language levels needed for the job for each language ability (speaking, reading, listening, and writing). These levels are outlined in the table below and must be proven by taking an approved language test.

How to apply

Step 1. Obtain a Canadian work permit

Step 2: Complete a year of work in Canada

Step 3: Ensure you meet other eligibility criteria

Step 4: Create an Express Entry profile

Step 5: Improve your profile and ranking under the CRS


Our immigration professionals can help you through this process in order to ensure that the process is smooth and you have all the vital information you need. We look forward to hearing from you.

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