Canada plans to welcome up to 15,000 permanent residents under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in 2014 – the most since the program was launched in 2008.
The CEC allows people who meet a minimum language requirement and have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada to transition to permanent residence. These include international student graduates and foreign nationals who are working legally in Canada on a temporary basis.
The CEC is a very popular choice for newcomers. To date, CIC has welcomed more than 25,000 permanent residents through the program.
Graph showing rapid growth of the CEC program from 2009 to 2012, broken down by principal applicants and spouses/dependants.
|Year||CEC principal applicants||CEC spouses and dependants|
|2010||2 533||1 384|
|2011||3 973||2 054|
|2012||5 943||3 416|