Posted on May 30 2022
The redevelopment of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) system will lead to 16 new occupations becoming eligible for the Express Entry System.
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According to the ministerial memorandum, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will complete the process of transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021 in November 2022.
The system will shift from the present skill level-based classification to a new Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER ) classification.
The occupations qualify for Express Entry from Skill Level B and above, using the NOC 2016, which it allows under the NOC 2021 and TEER 3.
Below are the occupations that will be added:
|New occupations||NOC code|
|Dental Assistants and Dental Laboratory Assistants||3223|
|Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates||3413|
|Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants||33103|
|Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants||4413|
|Sheriffs and bailiffs||4421|
|Correctional service officers||4422|
|By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers||4423|
|Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations||6562|
|Residential and commercial installers and servicers||7441|
|Pest controllers and fumigators||7444|
|Other repairers and servicers||7445|
|Transport truck drivers||7511|
|Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators||7512|
|Heavy equipment operators||7521|
|Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors||9521|
However, three other occupations that are eligible for Express Entry under NOC 2016 will become ineligible under NOC 2021. Those occupations are:
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Atlantic Immigration Program
As a part of the NOC 2016 to NOC 2021, the available occupations under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) will also be affected. The AIP is an employer-led program that is designed to invite new skilled immigrants to the provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.
It is presently available to the occupations at Skill Level C or above within NOC 2016. It will be available under the NOC 2021 to TEER 4 or above occupations.
Accordingly, the occupations mentioned below will become ineligible:
Further changes in Express Entry
The significant changes made in the Express Entry will permit the occupation-based invitations that have been defined in amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act proposed by IRCC.
It gives power to the minister to identify a particular economic goal and welcome the candidates who would help meet the goal, depending on the factors such as education, language skills, or work experience.
This would make it possible to conduct the draws targeting specific National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes.
Philip Somogyvari, the Director-General, Strategic Policy and Planning at IRCC, recently attended a standing committee meeting on the Citizenship and Immigration to answer the questions on the proposed changes.
A particular category would be established through the ministerial instructions, similar to the regularly conducted draws through Express Entry.
Despite that, the currently present regulations only allow the draws to specifically target the immigration programs, including Federal Skilled Work Program, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Provincial Nominee Program.
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