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Canadian Experience Class

Minimum requirements


  • Meet the required language levels needed for the job for each language ability

  • have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 3 years before application

    • full-time at 1 job: 30 hours/week for 12 months

    • can work as many part-time jobs as needed to meet this requirement.

    • have gained work experience by working in Canada while under temporary resident status with authorization to work


Skilled work experience must be paid work including paid wages or earned commission. Volunteer work or unpaid internships are not counted


For part-time work, work can be more or less than 15 hours/week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. Hours worked above 30 hours/week are not counted. 


Not eligible for the Canadian Experience Class if


  • a refugee claimant in Canada

  • working without authorization

  • work experience was gained without temporary resident status in Canada


Skilled work experience means:


  • managerial jobs (skill level 0)

  • professional jobs (skill type A)

  • technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)


Work experience can be in 1 or more NOC 0, A or B jobs.



For Canadian Experience Class, there is no education requirement. However, scores in the Express Entry can be improved if studied in a Canadian high school or post secondary institution or have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report  from a designated organization.


Language ability

Minimum language level of:

  • Canadian Language Benchmark 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs or

  • Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for NOC B jobs



Language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result and must be valid on the day of application for permanent residence.

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