The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program offered by the Government of Canada to facilitate the permanent residency of foreign nationals who have gained skilled work experience in Canada. The CEC is one of the three federal economic immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system, the other two being the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
- They must have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada within the past three years before applying. The work experience should be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, or B job.
- Applicants need to demonstrate proficiency in English or French through standardized language tests (such as IELTS for English or TEF for French).
- Applicants intending to live in Quebec are not eligible for the CEC since Quebec has its own immigration programs.
- Applicants must also demonstrate the intention to reside outside the province of Quebec.
- While there is no specific education requirement, having higher education can increase the applicant’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which is used to rank candidates in the Express Entry pool.
How to Calculate 1560 hours for CEC?
To be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), applicants are required to have at least one year (12 months) of skilled work experience in Canada. The calculation for 1560 hours is based on a standard full-time workweek.
Here’s how you can calculate 1560 hours for the CEC:
Determine the Workweek
In Canada, a standard full-time workweek is typically considered to be 37.5 to 40 hours per week. For the purpose of this calculation, we will use 37.5 hours per week.
Calculate Weekly Hours
Multiply the number of hours worked per week by the number of weeks in a year. In this case, it would be 37.5 hours/week x 52 weeks = 1950 hours.
Account for Vacation Time
Since full-time employees usually have paid vacation time, you may need to subtract the vacation hours from the total. Let’s assume a standard two weeks of paid vacation (37.5 hours/week x 2 weeks = 75 hours).
Calculate Work Hours
Subtract the vacation hours from the total weekly hours to get the total work hours in a year. 1950 hours – 75 hours = 1875 hours.
Ensure the Minimum Requirement
The minimum requirement for the CEC is one year (12 months) of full-time work experience, which is equivalent to 1560 hours. Since 1875 hours are greater than the minimum requirement, you meet the 1560 hours threshold for the CEC.