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Posted on August 10 2022

The impact of new National Occupational Classification on Canada’s Express Entry

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Updated October 27 2023

Key aspects of the NOC effect on Express Entry

  • Modernized NOC system is to be implemented on November 16, 2022
  • It is important to submit your TEER category with five-digit occupation code in the process of completing your profile
  • Submit applications for permanent residence with the help of the current NOC 2016
  • The NOC will be replaced from a four-digit number to five-digit code that is classified under each occupation

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Overview:

The federal government website has stated, “If you plan to submit an Express Entry profile on or after November 16, 2022, you must thoroughly search for your occupation under the list of NOC 2021 on the website of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and after that, submit your Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) category with five-digit occupation code in the process of  completing your profile.”

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New National Occupational Classification

Canada has modernized the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system and is said to be implemented in the next three and a half months on November 16, 2022. Meanwhile, the federal government has already started assisting foreign nationals migrating to Canada through the Express Entry program

The federal government website has stated, “If you plan to submit an Express Entry profile on or after November 16, 2022, you must thoroughly search for your occupation under the list of NOC 2021 on the website of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and after that, submit your Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) category with five-digit occupation code in the process of  completing your profile.”

The individuals who have submitted their profile and haven’t received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) yet must:

  • Search for their occupation under the NOC 2021 list on the ESDC website
  • Update their profile with their TEER Category and five-digit occupational code

The profiles of these individuals must be updated after or on November 16, 2022 for the applicants to remain eligible for any of the Express Entry programs, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker program and Federal Skilled Trades program.

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Eligibility criteria Canadian Experience Class Federal Skilled Worker Program Federal Skilled Trades Program
Language skills English or French skills · CLB 7 for TEER 0 or TEER 1 occupations · CLB 5 for TEER 2 or TEER 3 occupations English or French skills · CLB 7 English or French skills · CLB 5 for speaking and listening · CLB 4 for reading and writing
Type/Level of work experience Canadian work experience in an occupation listed in 1 or more of these NOC TEER Categories: · TEER 0 · TEER 1 · TEER 2 · TEER 3 Work experience in an occupation listed in 1 of these NOC TEER Categories: · TEER 0 · TEER 1 · TEER 2 · TEER 3 Work experience in a skilled trade under key groups of TEER 2 or TEER 3: · Major Group 72 · Major Group 73, general trades · Major Group 82, supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production · Major Group 83, occupations in natural resources and related production · Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors, and utilities operators and controllers · Major Group 93, central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors, excluding Sub-Major Group 932, aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors · Minor Group 6320, cooks, butchers and bakers · Unit Group 62200, chefs
Amount of work experience One year in Canada in the last 3 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work) One year continuous within the last 10 years (combination of part-time, full-time or more than 1 job in your primary occupation) Two years within last 5 years (either combination of full-time or part-time work)
Job offer Not required Not necessary; But you can get selection criteria (FSW) points for having a valid job offer Required: · A valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or · A certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority
Education Not required Secondary education required and you can get more selection criteria (FSW) points for your post-secondary education Not required

Applicants to apply using NOC 2016

The foreign nationals must submit their documents after they have received an Invitation to Apply, before November 16, 2022, and are advised to submit their applications for permanent residence with the help of the current NOC 2016.

Among all the changes expected to take effect in November 2022, the NOC will be replaced from a four-digit number to a five-digit code that is classified under each occupation.

Within the new five-digit code, the Canadian government is disintegrating the skill  level of each occupation, until mid-November which are categorized into six factors from the current four to reflect the better level of training in experience, responsibilities, and education.

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These TEER categories in the rearranged NOC to be replaced with the current Skill Levels mentioned below:

Skill Type/Level TEER Category
Skill Type 0 TEER 0
Skill level A TEER 1
Skill level B TEER 2 and TEER 3

The new NOC will also classify the occupational groups depending on five higher levels which consists of:

  • The broad occupation category
  • Major groups
  • Sub-major groups
  • Minor groups
  • Unit groups

Every foreign national in search of an NOC code for a job, can go to the NOC search page and search for their job title on the website. After choosing the closest option to your job from the generated list, it is important to ensure the principal duties listed, to match the jobs.

Users are suggested to a select different job titles with the duties which closely match theirs and after writing down the numeric code and job title – for example, 72302 Gas fitters, and take note of the TEER category.

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The new NOC is being framed in step-by-step, to provide enough time to the programs and organizations to make a fair transformation from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021.

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