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Immigration to Canada will significantly impact with NOC changing in 2022


The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a main part of Canada’s immigration gadget. The ESDC will change the NOC in fall of 2022. For instance, Express Entry is the main way to become an immigrant in Canada, and applicants who wish to indicate their artistic experience will fall below NOC ability levels 0, A, or B as one of two criteria for eligibility. The NOC is Canada’s countrywide reference for occupations.  It categorizes employment sector in Canada to assist recognize the character of Canada’s labour market, run government’s programs, sell skills development, behaviour research, and help Canada manage its immigration and overseas employee policies.

Every 10 years, the federal government performs a major review of the NOC. Changes in the NOC reflect changes in the Canadian economy and labour market. In September, Statistics Canada and the Canadian Department of Employment and Social Development (ESDC) published NOC 2021. NOC 2021 is the final product of a major process that includes extensive research, analysis, and evaluation of the Canadian economy.

NOC 2016 is used by Canadian Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), ESDC, and Canadian provinces and territories to implement their immigration and foreign worker programs.

The reason for this is the federal government wants to give stakeholders, including immigration applicants, more time to learn about how NOC 2021 may affect them.

Summary of changes ESDC summarizes the changes to NOC 2021 as follows:

The NOC’s current four-category “skill level” structure has been overhauled and replaced by a new six-category system that outlines the level of Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) to enter each occupation. Up until now, the NOC has featured 4 skill levels.

  • NOC A represents jobs that tend to require university degrees,
  • NOC B represents jobs that are in the skilled trades or require a college diploma,
  • NOC C represents jobs that require intermediate skills or job-specific training, and
  • NOC D is labour jobs that require on-the-job training.

NOC 2021 will use a five-tier hierarchical system for the classification of occupations. Jobs will now have a 5-digit code system instead of the current 4-digit code system.

How does this affect new immigrants and Temporary foreign workers?

For many, NOC 2021 will have little or no impact on them. This is because, despite changes in the NOC, their work experience will continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the desired immigration or foreign workforce program. On the other hand, changes will benefit some candidates and harm others. Some of them may now be eligible for additional programs because their work experience has been retrained. There may be other reasons for disqualification for the same reason. At this time, it’s unclear how this will affect applicants. Stakeholders should continue to wait while the IRCC and ESDC provide additional information.


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