The Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”) allows individuals with one-year skilled work experience in Canada to acquire permanent residency. In November 2013, the Government of Canada through Ministerial Instructions introduced significant limitations to the program. We sent a newsletter to our subscribers outlining the changes to the CEC, and I have reproduced on my blog a copy of that newsletter article. As well, in December 2013 The Canadian Immigrant Magazine published an article of mine in which I outlined alternate programs for people who became ineligible to apply to the CEC.
In a previous blog post, I also reproduced an Access to Information Act result in which Citizenship and Immigration Canada confirmed to an immigration representative that work experience for a foreign employer counts towards the CEC’s work experience requirement.
In today’s post I will be reproducing a similar Q&A between an immigration representative and Citizenship and Immigration Canada regarding whether work experience obtained during full-time studies counts towards the CEC’s work experience requirement. I will also be reproducing part of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Overseas Processing Manual 25A – Canadian Experience Class (“OP25A”), which discusses the issue.
Full-Time Study, Summer Breaks, and the Canadian Experience Class
Section 87.1(3)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provides that:
any period of employment during which the foreign national was engaged in full-time study shall not be included in calculating a period of work experience [for the CEC]
It is clear that work experience obtained during full-time study will not count towards the CEC work experience requirement. It is therefore apparent that work obtained on an off-campus work permit or a co-op work permit would not count towards the CEC.Read more ›