Important Changes to the Canadian Experience Class

On November 9th, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced new changes to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

As you may know from reading this blog, the CEC is open to individuals with 12 months of work experience in Canada, in a National Occupational Code O, A or B position.

CIC announced that a maximum of 12,000 applications will be accepted between November 9th, 2013 and October 31, 2014.  Within this overall cap, there will be caps of 200 applications for each occupational category in NOC B.

Moreover, the following occupations can no longer qualify for the CEC (they did qualify prior to November 9th):

  • Retail Sales Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Administrative Officers
  • Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers
  • Food Service Supervisors
  • Cooks

I have to say I’m disappointed in the way these changes were made.  There was no notice of these changes – they were simply announced on a Friday before a long weekend.  There was no consultation with stakeholders or the Canadian Bar Association.

For those individuals who came to Canada and work in one of the listed occupations in the bullets above, there was no grandfathering of their experience, no recognition of the tremendous efforts and steps they took to work toward permanent residence.  Those individuals are out of luck.

If you find yourself in one of the bulleted occupations that no longer qualifies and you are still working in Canada, see if you can apply under the Federal Skilled Worker program under the arranged employment category with a job offer from your employer.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile