Canada’s new National Occupational Classification (NOC) system has been in the pipeline for some time. Currently known as National Occupational Classification 2021 or NOC 2021, the new system will take effect from today, November 16 2022.
National Occupational Classification 2021 Overview
The current system in place is NOC 2016 and is made up of skill types and skill levels (NOC 0, A, B, C & D.) This will be replaced with a 6-category system representing the training, education, experience and responsibilities needed to work in an occupation. Importantly, the 4-digit occupation codes will become 5-digit codes.
Additionally, the eligibility criteria for all programs that use the NOC will be updated.
New TEER Categories
The previous NOC skill types will now be replaced with TEER categories. While some jobs may change to a different category, Skill level B jobs may become TEER 2 or TEER 3 jobs.
For example, Skill type 0 jobs are managerial positions, and are now classified as TEER 0. These are jobs in advertising and marketing as well as public relations managers and financial managers
Skill Level A, are occupations that usually require a university degree. They are now classified under TEER 1.
TEER 2 are occupations that require a diploma or a college degree or more than two years of experience like technicians or lab technologists. While TEER 3 occupations such as dental assistants and bakers also require college-level education or an apprenticeship, they may also require more than six months of on-the-job training.
There is a full list and table available that is incredibly helpful and should be used to find the new classification for a particular occupation.
What Does It Mean For Prospective Immigrants
This change will affect a number of immigration and visa programs. Here is a list of programs where the eligibility requirements will alter:
- Express Entry
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Atlantic Immigration Program
- Provincial Nominee Program
- Caregivers programs
- Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
- Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
- Out-of-status construction workers
- International Mobility Program
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program
The new NOC system will change the way IRCC considers work experience. Additionally, 16 new jobs will become eligible to apply via the Express Entry system, while three would become ineligible.
Before you start making plans to move to Canada, be sure to find out your new classification and category.