Ontario Immigration To Align With The New National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 

Ontario Immigration

The dedicated provincial program from Ontario is expected to align its intake eligibility with the new National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021. Public consultations to assess the proposed implementation of NOC 2021 will remain open till October 21, 2022. 

Statistics Canada explains the rationale behind the new TEER system: 

  1. Focus on the education and experience required to work in a given occupation. 
  2. Accurately capture the skills required in each occupation.

The new TEER system classifies all occupations into six categories: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and is equivalent to present Skill level 0, A, B, B, C, and D respectively. This also means that job or work experience required in NOC (2016) skill types under Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) currently, will instead fall within TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
Coming November 2022, the new NOC system will be implemented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for its Express Entry programs. The change in Express Entry-eligible occupations will consequently impact eligibility for Ontario’s Express Entry-aligned PNPs. 

Express Entry-aligned PNPs recorded a huge intake of immigration applicants to apply for provincial nominations and subsequently obtain Canadian permanent residency (PR) post-pandemic. The addition of 600 CRS points to their Express Entry profiles after receiving the provincial nomination effectively guarantees PR status.  

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility. 

Other Proposed Changes to OINP Employer Job Offer Streams

Ontario has also proposed changes in language and education criteria for certain Employer Job Offer streams.  

Ontario is proposing to require Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker stream applicants to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 Level or above. This will enable candidates to have better language proficiency and thus offer easy integration as well as avoid immigration fraud due to language barriers. 

Ontario also wants people who are applying with a certificate of at least one year to meet the criteria of the Ontario College Graduate Certificate as defined under the Ontario Qualifications Framework. This will offer clarity and reduce burdens for International Student stream applicants applying with one-year certificates.

Impact of NOC 2021 on Canada Express Entry Eligibility & OINP

Let’s look at the implications of the new Canada NOC 2021 on Canada Express Entry eligibility: 

CRS implications: All registered profiles in the federal pool are evaluated using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that factors in age, education, work experience, and language proficiency among others. 

With the new Canada NOC 2021 coming into force, the points you get for arranged employment will follow the Skill Type/Level update chart.

For example, if you would have received 50 points for arranged employment in Skill Type/Level 0, A, or B, you will still get those points if your NOC is in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

Selection factor points for Federal Skilled Worker Program: The points you get based on the selection factors for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will follow the Skill Type/Level update chart.

This means that if you would have received 10 points for arranged employment in Skill Type/Level 0, A, or B, you will still get those points for arranged employment in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

If you’re planning to immigrate to Canada, now is the right time to begin planning. You should begin by visiting a licensed consultant who could help you determine your eligibility, and best options & support you with the necessary documentation. 

You may consider CanApprove, a certified consultant with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) and authorized to offer Canadian immigration services to interested candidates. We will analyze your work experience and academic profile to determine your best chances. 

Book your free appointment with us today! 

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