Canada is shifting to a new National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 to include more skills and occupations and boost economic-class immigration intakes, including Express Entry and PNPs.
With an ambitious annual intake of over 465,000 new immigrants in 2023, the new NOC 2021 will allow IRCC to invite more deserving skilled immigrants under 100+ economic-class programs.
Canada NOC 2021 attempts to determine work experience eligibility on the basis of the new Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system.
The previous NOC 2016 classified occupations using skill levels for all Canadian temporary and permanent residency programs. The new Canada NOC 2021 will allow Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to target profiles based on academic and work experience.
This may enable foreign immigrants who specialize in emerging fields like data science, cyber security, and others can get adequate opportunities to work & settle in Canada.
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What Should Canada Express Entry Aspirants Do?
Go through our previous blogs here to learn more about CRS implications on Federal Skilled Worker Program candidates under the Express Entry system.
New NOC 2021 opens the Express Entry doorway for 16 new occupations:
- Payroll administrators;
- Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants;
- Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates;
- Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants;
- Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants;
- Sheriffs and bailiffs;
- Correctional service officers;
- By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers;
- Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations;
- Residential and commercial installers and servicers;
- Pest controllers and fumigators;
- Other repairers and servicers;
- Transport truck drivers;
- Bus drivers, subway operators, and other transit operators;
- Heavy equipment operators; and
- Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.
Immigration aspirants with work experience in the above occupations can also enter the Express Entry pool and stand a chance to obtain Canadian permanent residency.
We recommend candidates planning to enter the Express Entry pool find their new occupation code on the latest NOC 2021 list.
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About the New Canada NOC 2021
NOC 2016 classified all occupations under four skills levels:
- NOC 0: Skill type 0 jobs are usually managerial in nature;
- NOC A: Skill type A jobs are professional in nature and usually require a university degree; or
- NOC B: Skill type B jobs are skilled trades occupations that usually require a college diploma or training as an apprentice.
- NOC C & D: Jobs include semi- and low-skilled workers in the trades, primary and manufacturing industries, sales and services, as well as certain clerical and assistant categories
The new TEER system classifies all occupations into six categories: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
You can use this Statistics Canada tool to see how your current NOC corresponds with the new Canada NOC 2021.
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