Easing the legal admission of professionals, business persons, and skilled workers


Revision to the Canadian Experience Class

Foreign workers (i.e., holding a valid work permit) with one year of experience in a high skill occupation in Canada can seek Canadian permanent resident status in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced a number of changes to this program that are summarized as follows:

1. Caps: A maximum of 12,000 CEC applications annually. There were previously no caps or quotas in this category. The first year of caps commences on November 09 2013 and ends on October 31 2014.

2. For all skill level B occupations, there is a sub-cap of 200 applications (per occupation). There is no such sub-cap for occupations at skill levels 0 or A.

3. The following occupations are no longer eligible to apply in the CEC:

  • Administrative officers
  • Administrative assistants
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  • Retail sales supervisors
  • Food service supervisors
  • Cooks

The speculation is that these occupations reflect an unduly high quantity of candidates that have sought admission in the CEC pursuant to LMOs granted (especially in the now-suspended Accelerated Program) to marginal skilled occupations in the province of Alberta.


Date Posted: November 09, 2013 Posted In: Permanent Resident