Will CEC Draws Happen in 2023?

By Vijay Lala



The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is one of the three main economic immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system in Canada. It is designed for individuals who have acquired skilled work experience in Canada and wish to transition to permanent residency.

Many prospective immigrants currently staying in Canada are curious about the likelihood of CEC draws taking place. Let’s explore this topic in more detail.

Understanding the Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program that targets individuals with skilled work experience gained in Canada. To be eligible for the CEC, applicants must have at least one year of full-time skilled work experience or an equivalent amount in part-time hours in Canada. The work experience must be in a skilled occupation classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

CEC applicants are assessed based on various factors, including their age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability.

The program aims to facilitate the integration of individuals who have already established themselves in the Canadian labor market by recognizing their valuable Canadian work experience.

Express Entry and CEC Draws

The Express Entry system manages the selection of candidates for economic immigration programs, including the CEC. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used to evaluate and rank candidates based on their profiles. Regular draws are conducted to issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates with the highest CRS scores.

While the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are the two other main programs under Express Entry, the CEC has its own dedicated draws. These draws specifically target candidates who have Canadian work experience and meet the eligibility requirements of the CEC.

Predicting CEC Draws in 2023

The occurrence and frequency of CEC draws in 2023 cannot be predicted with certainty, as they are determined by the needs and priorities of the Canadian government and the demand for skilled workers in the labor market.

However, IRCC has not conducted any CEC draw in 2023. The Last CEC draw was conducted on 14 Sep 2021. Looking at this trend, it is highly unlikely that CEC draws will continue to take place in 2023, considering the changes that coming to the immigration system. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions and uncertainties in various sectors, including immigration. However, as Canada gradually recovers and economic activities resume, the demand for skilled workers is expected to rebound. The government recognizes the value of individuals with Canadian work experience and their contribution to the country’s economy, making it likely that CEC draws will continue to play a vital role in the immigration system in the future.

It is important to note that the frequency and size of CEC draws may vary throughout the year based on the number of eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool. The government’s immigration targets and the labor market’s needs will also influence the number of ITAs issued in CEC draws.

Preparing for CEC Draws

Prospective immigrants who wish to apply under the CEC should focus on enhancing their profiles to increase their chances of receiving an ITA. Here are some strategies to prepare for CEC draws:

1. Gain Relevant Work Experience:

Obtain at least one year of full-time skilled work experience in Canada. Ensure that the work experience is classified under a skilled occupation according to the NOC system.

2. Improve Language Proficiency:

Invest time and effort in improving language proficiency in English and/or French. Language skills carry significant weight in the CEC selection process. Prepare for and take language proficiency tests such as IELTS or CELPIP to demonstrate language abilities.

3. Enhance Education and Skills:

Consider pursuing further education or acquiring additional certifications to enhance your qualifications and skills. This can make your profile more competitive and demonstrate your commitment to professional growth.

4. Stay Updated and Be Proactive:

Stay informed about changes in immigration policies, requirements, and Express Entry draws. Regularly check the official websites and resources provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to ensure accurate and up-to-date information.


While we cannot predict the exact number and frequency of CEC draws in 2023, it is highly likely that they will continue to take place as Canada values the contributions of skilled individuals with Canadian work experience.

Prospective immigrants interested in applying under the CEC should focus on gaining relevant work experience, improving language proficiency, enhancing their education and skills, and staying updated with the latest information from IRCC.

By preparing their profiles and meeting the eligibility requirements, applicants can maximize their chances of receiving an ITA in CEC draws and eventually transitioning to permanent residency in Canada.

By Vijay Lala

Vijay Lala is the founder and editor-in-chief of Immiboards.com. Dual master's degrees in Political Science and Economics, along with a decade of Canadian immigration research experience, have equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of immigration law, policy research, and settlement issues. Linkedin  Twitter

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