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Canada New NOC

Canada’s New NOC to Impact Express Entry Eligibility | 3 Jobs to be Ineligible

Published on : May 30, 2022

Referred to as simply the NOC, the National Occupational Classification code is used by Canada to describe the jobs available in the Canadian labour market.

With the new National Occupational Classification code - NOC 2021 Version 1.0 - coming into effect from November 2022, there is much speculation as to how Canada’s new NOC will affect Express Entry eligibility.

 Details on how the updated NOC matrix will affect a Canadian immigration hopeful’s eligibility for Express Entry system are now available. As per an internal memorandum, 16 occupations will become eligible for Express Entry. Three other occupations will no longer be eligible for Express Entry from November 2022.


Which 16 occupations will become eligible for Express Entry under Canada’s new NOC?

  1. Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
  2. Correctional service officers
  3. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  4. Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  5. Payroll administrators
  6. Sheriffs and bailiffs
  7. Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  8. Pest controllers and fumigators
  9. By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
  10. Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
  11. Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  12. Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
  13. Heavy equipment operators
  14. Transport truck drivers
  15. Other repairers and servicers
  16. Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators



Which 3 occupations will become ineligible for Express Entry under Canada’s new NOC?

  1. Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
  2. Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
  3. Other performers

These three occupations will remain eligible for programs with a broader occupational eligibility criteria (for example, some streams of the Provincial Nominee Program).


What are the main changes in NOC 2021?

NOC 2021 is a major revision and overhauls the occupational classification, making it more flexible, accurate, and consistent.


Four Major Changes in NOC 2021


1. Codes to be changed

The existing four-digit NOC codes will be replaced by five-digit codes. For example, NOC 2151: Architects will become NOC 21200.


2. The four skill levels to become six TEER categories

As of now, the NOC has skill levels. These will change into categories of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER).

●       For management jobs - Skill Type 0: TEER 0

●       For professional jobs - Skill Level A: TEER 1

●       For technical jobs - Skill Level B: TEER 2

●       For technical jobs - Skill Level B: TEER 3

●       For intermediate jobs - Skill C: TEER 4

●       For labor jobs - Skill Level D: TEER 5



3. Skills not to be the only factor

Along with the skill level, assessment of other factors also to be done, such as -

●       Job responsibilities,

●       Level of training,

●       Level of formal education, and

●       Level of experience.


4. Changes in occupations

The aim is that of keeping the classification up-to-date with the evolving needs of the labour market in Canada.


New unit groups created for emerging occupations, such as -

●       Cybersecurity

●       Data Scientists


Some occupations given their own unit group -

●       Software developers and programmers

●       Financial advisors

●       Police investigators


Some sectors had significant renewal, such as -

●       Information technology sectors,

●       Postal services

●       Military occupations

●       Health and agriculture


516 occupations in NOC 2021, up from the 500 unit groups of NOC 2016.



What is Canada’s NOC?

Implemented in 1992, the National Occupational Classification (NOC) came about as a replacement for the Canadian Classification and Dictionary of Occupations (CCDO). The NOC was created through extensive research, analysis and consultations across Canada.

Under a collaboration, Statistics Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) work together to complete NOC revisions and updates. A systematic classification structure categorising all occupational activity in Canada, the NOC provides the national reference for occupations in Canada.

Information on the various occupations available in the Canadian labour market is required for -

  • The provision of labour market information,
  • Career intelligence,
  • Skills development,
  • Analysis of labour supply and demand,
  • Occupational forecasting,
  • Employment equity, and
  • Other programs and services.

Currently, NOC 2016 Version 1.3 is used to determine the eligibility of occupations for the temporary and permanent residence programs of Canada. As per Canadian law, a switch to NOC 2021 will be made from November 2022 by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


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