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Canada Updates NOC 2021 for Economic Class Immigrant Applicants

Come this fall 2022 and Canada is set to overhaul the way it classifies occupations for immigrants.

Canada categorizes occupations through a system called the National Occupational Classification (NOC). It is reviewed every year and updated every five years to ensure foreign immigrants with the right skillset get a fair chance of opportunity in Canada’s dynamic labour market.

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While the federal government is yet to make an announcement about which sorts of immigration applicants may be affected, it is certain that the new NOC code will affect some economic class and foreign worker, applicants.

About the new NOC 2021

As reported by CIC news, Canada will introduce the new occupation classification sometime in “fall 2022”.

Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is also expected to align the new NOC rollout with the department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to ensure consistency of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications for work permits.

Canada made a significant overhaul to the NOC in 2011, followed by another update in 2016. Statistics Canada released its new NOC 2021 publication last month for use by federal and provincial governments to manage skilled worker immigration programs and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

This is to ensure that foreign immigrants who specialize in emerging fields like data science, cyber security and others get adequate opportunities to work & settle in Canada.

NOC skill levels to be replaced by new TEER system

Canada uses NOC skills levels that were last updated in 2016. It classifies all occupations in Canada into four categories:

  • 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

National Occupational Classification(NOC) 2021 brings in a new system of skill classification which will be based on the Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system.

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 benefits of the new TEER system could lead to more favourable opportunities for foreign immigrants and the mapping of new occupations in emerging fields like data science, cybersecurity, etc.

The new TEER system has 516 occupations, up from 500 in NOC 2016. All occupations are classified into six categories: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


  • Management occupations.


  • 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).


  • 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).


  • Completion of a post-secondary education program of less than two years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or
  • Apprenticeship training of less than 2 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 specific occupation from TEER category 4 (when applicable).


  • 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).


  • Short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements.

This tool from Statistics Canada can be used to view how your current NOC compares to the NOC 2021.

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Migrate To Canada As a Registered Nurse

Why become a Registered Nurse in Canada?

Are you a Nursing graduate who wants to move to a foreign country for better and safe work exposure? 

Are you a Nursing student who is gauging the perks of practicing in a developed country? 

Have you just finished your high-school and are looking for a career path? 

Well, you have come to the right page! 

“Canada is that foreign, developed and progressive country which has open doors for all eligible nursing practitioners, fresh graduates to migrate, serve and obtain permanent residency…

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#1 Advantage over Middle East and Europe: There is huge prospects for career development and quality education in Europe, especially the UK, for foreigners willing to practice Nursing as an Occupation. However, considering economic affordability, stringent eligibility tests and the whole situation involving Brexit, migrating to Europe as a Nurse seems to be a distant reality. 

The Middle East is considered to be the best place for any foreigner who is considering nursing as an occupation – the region offers a tax-free salary and good number of annual leave. However, the working hours, leave sanctions, employer contract agreements are not guaranteed. 

On the other hand, an international registered nurse in Canada is assured of work stability. Those willing to migrate to Canada will become a part of the free job market and may avail any economic opportunity on par with permanent residents and citizens of Canada.   

#2 Self-regulating profession: A registered nurse in Canada as a profession is self-regulated where the provincial and territorial governments delegate to nursing regulatory bodies. This offers better flexibility for such regulatory bodies in welcoming international nurses into the workforce. 

#3 Good Economic Compensation: Any eligible foreigner on a Nursing job in Canada gets a competitive salary for a 36-40 hour working week. For instance, in the province of Ontario, a new graduate acute care gets around $59,000CAD with an annual increment pay increase. 

Ofcourse, the average pay varies across the province and city, typically between $40,000 CAD to $80,000 CAD; but the bigger picture here is that Canada offers good economic compensation to eligible international nurses. Refer the table below for average pay across all the Canadian provinces and territories. 

After three months of living in the country, a foreigner can access health care benefits and bonuses with their employer in the public or private sector.

Nunavut CA $86.69
Northwest Territories CA $72.57
Yukon Territories CA $61.41
Alberta CA $50
Saskatchewan CA $48
Manitoba CA $46
Ontario CA $45.47
Newfoundland & Labrador CA $43.96
Prince Edward Island CA $41.25
Nova Scotia CA $41
Quebec CA $41.5
New Brunswick  CA $40.49

#4 Better Social Life: Canada is a multicultural society. The country has been welcoming economic immigrants for over decades now. In fact, all the successive governments, both at the federal and provincial levels, have encouraged higher levels of immigration year-on-year in order to sustain the country’s economy and aging demography. Now, with an increased focus on family immigration programs, Canada offers a good social life for migrants in the country. 

Registered Nurse in Canada: a look at the occupation

According to this framework for the practice of Registered Nurses in Canada, Nursing in Canada is regulated into three groups: 

  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs)

It is also reported that RNs constitute about three-quarters of the regulated category of nurses in Canada. There are also other unregulated care providers who often work alongside and support the incredible work of these regulated medical forces. 

Registered Nurse in Canada can be a specialised caretaker in any of the following fields: 

Surgery Obstetrics care
Psychiatric care Community health
Critical care Occupational health
Pediatrics Geriatrics
Rehabilitation Oncology

Specialisation can be possible through easy work and study options available for registered nurses in Canada. 

Take this free online assessment to determine your eligibility and know about various immigration options to Canada. 

Entry Requirements for International Registered Nurse in Canada

All entry requirements are assessed by the regulatory body in its jurisdiction. Competencies are evaluated through clinical and written evaluation by the nursing education program and through the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE).

Note: In case of any international student, the place of graduating Canadian institution will be its jurisdiction. For others, it will be the place of work they choose or the province/ territory they are nominated to.

CRNE can be taken after applying for a temporary work permit. It is important to obtain a licence to practice in any Canadian provinces or territories; exception being Quebec which has its own examination and not a part of this arrangement.  

National Occupational Code (NOC) To Migrate as a Registered Nurse in Canada

National Occupation Code is a unique number given to every occupation in Canada. The NOC are further categorised based on the skill level of occupations into O, A, B, C and D.

Occupations with skill level O, A are for highly skilled management or professionals and typically require a graduation degree to qualify for such an occupation. Skill level B are usually for technical occupations that require college diploma or apprentice training. Occupations with skill level C and D are semi-skilled or intermediate occupations and require high school education qualifications.

NOC  Occupation Skill Level
0311 Nursing Service Manager O
3011 Nursing Co-ordinators and Supervisors A
3012 Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses A
3124 Allied Primary Health Practitioners A
3222 Dental Hygienists and Therapists (dental nurse) B
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses B
3413 Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates C

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How will CanApprove Assist you in Immigration to Canada?

CanApprove is a reputed and duly ICCRC-registered consultant for providing services concerning Canadian immigration. We have provided our services to thousands of clients over the past two decades and look to gain new ones with equal compassion. 

#1 Temporary Residency Option: Upon securing a valid job offer and a work permit can any foreign-trained nurse be eligible to apply for a Temporary residency in Canada. 

CanApprove will offer its services right from consultation stage to the application stage and beyond. In order to get started, 

  • An applicant with a nursing degree from outside Canada must have their educational credentials assessed.
  • The applicants must then register as a nurse in Canada. To do this, they may have to join a regulatory body in their jurisdiction of the workplace. 

#2 Language Training: English and French are the official languages in Canada. And so, any immigrant willing to work and live in Canada is expected to be proficient in any one of the languages or sometimes both. 

Most aspirants choose to prove their proficiency in English and we CanApprove provide basic training to excel at the language tests.   

#3 Permanent Residency Option: There are tremendous perks of being a permanent resident in Canada. Foreign Nurses or any other applicant with suitable occupation can explore their permanent residency options through programs such as the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program under the Express Entry system or Provincial Nominee programs.

Express Entry system is not a visa option but a federal database of aspiring economic immigrants. It maintains registered profiles for three immigration programs – Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program. Occasionally, unique immigration streams under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) nominated eligible candidates from the database. Refer to the complete list of such programs as tabulated below. 

These profiles are evaluated and ranked based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The total score is given out of 1200 points. CanApprove helps interested candidates to register their free Express Entry profile. We help you identify areas which can increase your CRS score and improve your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the fortnightly nomination draws. 

Top provincial programs with a specific need for Nurses
Alberta Alberta Express Entry Stream

Alberta Opportunity Stream

British Columbia British Columbia Skills Immigration Stream

British Columbia Express Entry Stream

Manitoba Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario Employer Job Offer Category
New Brunswick / Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Immigration Pilot – High- Skilled Workers Stream
Nova Scotia Occupations In-Demand Stream Stream

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