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What Canada’s NOC 2021 Will Mean for Immigrants in 2022

Published on : October 23, 2021


Key Highlights:

  • Overview
  • Proposed Changes in NOC 2021
  • New TEER System 

The Canadian immigration system will experience significant structural changes in classifying eligible classifications from Fall 2022. 

While the federal government has yet to communicate on the matter, the changes are sure to affect applicants under some economic class and foreign worker programs.

Proposed Changes in NOC 2021

The Canadian government’s system for classifying occupations of immigration applicants is called National Occupational Classifications (NOC).

The NOC is reviewed annually, updated every five years, and revamped once in ten years, making NOC 2021 the most significant upgrade to the system since 2011.

NOC is of critical importance to the country’s immigration system, being used by Canada to manage its skill-based immigration programs and temporary foreign worker programs.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) currently uses NOC 2016 to assess the eligibility of applicants for these programs, and it will implement the new system in Fall 2022.

The gap for implementation would provide the department with ample time to inform its stakeholders about the changes and properly implement the new system across all programs.

New TEER system

Compared to the prevalent system for classifying jobs based on the skill type, the federal government will now categorize the jobs based on the new Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system.

The current system’s skill levels fall under four categories - A, B, C and D. TEER system will have six categories - 0,1,2,3,4 and 5.

TEER 0

Management occupations.

TEER 1

Completion of a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate); or

Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 2 (when applicable).

TEER 2

Completion of a post-secondary education program of two to three years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or

Completion of an apprenticeship training program of two to five years; or

Occupations with supervisory or significant safety (police officers and firefighters) responsibilities; or

Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 3 (when applicable).

TEER 3

Completion of a post-secondary education program of fewer than two years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or

Apprenticeship training of less than two years; or

More than six months of on-the-job training, training courses or specific work experience with some secondary school education; or

Several years of experience in a particular occupation from TEER category 4 (when applicable).

TEER 4

Completion of secondary school; or

Several weeks of on-the-job training with some secondary school education; or

Several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 5 (when applicable).

TEER 5

Short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements.

 

Once the new system is implemented by both the IRCC and the Employment and Social Development Index (ESDC), the applicants must ensure that their NOC correctly matches the eligibility criteria of the program they are applying under.

Topics: Migrate, Canada

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