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Canada to Implement New NOC System 2021 w.e.f. November 16, 2022

The Canadian government in association with ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) and Statistics Canada going to implement new National Occupational Classification (NOC) system 2021 w.e.f. November 16, 2022. 

As per the latest information from Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the current NOC 2016 version will be replaced by new NOC 2021 V1.0.

About Canada's NOC system 

The NOC system classifies an applicant's job to determine eligibility for different immigration programs in Canada. This system breaks down all the occupations into codes and group them based on job type and duties.

While applying for any Canadian economic immigration program, applicants must choose a NOC code that matches their job profile the best. While choosing a NOC code, you must check the primary duties of that particular code, and how closely it matches with the duties you perform in your job.

Upcoming changes from November 16, 2022

Currently, A skill level of an occupation is determined by NOC 2016 version 1.3. Thus, for submitting a profile under the Express Entry pool, applicants need relevant work experience in occupational skill levels O, A, or B. 

Whereas, from November 16, 2022, the government of Canada will employ a new NOC system, i.e., National Occupational Classification 2021 V1.0.

With the implementation of new system, occupation will be organized based on Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER, instead of skill levels. 

However, those applicants who have already submitted their applications before the switch, especially for those NOC codes that will be removed as of November 16th, must have relevant work experience accepted under the program they are applying under. 

If applicants have a relevant experience to be added to their profile, they must change the primary NOC code no later than 16th November. In case an applicant doesn't have any other relevant experience, they must confirm their eligibility for any other Canadian immigration program.

Canada's former NOC skill levels will transform into the new system as follows:

Current NOC 2016

New NOC 2021

Skill Type O 


Skill Level A


Skill Level B 


Skill Level C 


Skill Level 


Canada's New TEER Categories 


Occupation Types



Management occupations

Advertising, marketing and public relations managers

Financial managers


Occupations that usually require a university degree

Financial advisors

Software engineers


Occupations that usually require

a college diploma

apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or

supervisory occupations

Computer network and web technicians

Medical laboratory technologists


Occupations that usually require

a college diploma

apprenticeship training of less than 2 years, or

more than 6 months of on-the-job training


Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants


Occupations that usually require

a high school diploma, or

several weeks of on-the-job training

Home child care providers

Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers


Occupations that usually need short-term work demonstration and no formal education

Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers

Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors

Eligible Occupation for Express Entry 

Following occupations will become eligible under Express Entry as of November 16, 2022

  • 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?
  • Bylaw 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?
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors?

While, following occupations will become ineligible under Express Entry as of November 16, 2022: 

  • Other performers?
  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness?
  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners?

To know more about your eligibility for immigration to Canada, call us on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, you may complete our free profile assessment form online and get a detailed assessment of most suitable Canadian immigration option. 

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