Welcome to your lesson on the Canadian Experience Class!

Estimated study time: 3 hours

CIC: Determine your eligibility – CEC

IRPR R87.1(1) – R87.1(3)

NOC Canadian Experience Class Occupations

Hire a foreign worker with Canadian experience

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CEC in the news:

‘Four of Canada’s largest provincial immigration draws so far this year have happened in October’ By Stephen Smith, CIC News on October 28, 2018


‘Immigration Minister Should Restore The Canadian Experience Class’ by Andy Semotiuk, Forbes Magazine, Aug 18 2016

This is an interesting argument that the government should leave the Canadian Experience Class outside of the Express Entry System.



CEC Court Cases

Cai vs Canada is a concise case to read in terms of understanding the Canadian Experience Class and the requirement of performing ‘a substantial number of main duties’ in the NOC.

In the case of Fang v. Canada, the issue of proving appropriate NOC experience is explored. This case also provides a great example of the ‘behind the scenes’ happenings at visa offices in terms of GCMS notes and allocation of work to various immigration staff.

In this case, we can see how important it is to submit appropriate documents proving work time and role performed in order to meet the Canadian Experience Class requirements.

Zhang v. Canada is a similar example of not submitting appropriate documents with the extra step of being found inadmissible due to misrepresentation.

Here is an example of a case that was sent for review from another officer because of the first officer not being clear enough in reasons for rejecting a CEC application based on the role and time the applicant stated.