New NOC codes

New NOC Codes – Here Is All You Need To Know!

Introduction:

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the national reference on occupations in Canada. The NOC comprises about 30,000 job titles gathered into 500 unit groups, organized according to four skill levels and ten broad occupational categories. NOC has been developed as part of a collaborative partnership between Employment and Social Development Canada and Statistics Canada.

The classification is used for economic immigration programs such as Express Entry, Provincial Nomination Programs, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, etc. Furthermore, economic immigration has target of welcoming 2,41,850 new permanent residents in 2022 and 2,53,000 in 2023. This accounts for more than 58% of total immigration target of Canada.

As per preliminary report by IRCC, 57 NOC codes will divide into further NOC Codes:

Click here to download preliminary changed NOC Codes.

Changes In NOC:

NOC undergoes a major structural revision every ten years and released new changes in March 2021. The release of new NOC 2021 classification is the product of this major change and will come into effect in the second half of 2022. Here is the summary of changes that will come into effect with NOC 2021:

  • Current four-category NOC “Skill level” structure will be replaced by a new six-category system representing the level of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) required for entry in an occupation.
  • A five-tiered hierarchical arrangement of occupational groups with successive levels of disaggregation containing broad occupational categories, major groups, sub-major groups, minor groups, and unit groups.
  • Introduces a brand new five-digit codification system to replace the current four-digit system.

Download New Preliminary Changed NOC Codes Spread Sheet

Basis Of NOC Change:

  • Suggestion was made to add a new “Skill Level” to clarify the distinction in formal training or education actually required among unit groups, especially in the current “Skill Level B.”
  • “Skill Level B” in the NOC 2016 included all the occupations that usually require 2-3 years of post-secondary education. 42% of total occupations were classified under Skill level B. This was unequal distribution of occupations among all the skill levels.
  • Skill level categorization was considered misleading because training and education on which NOC 2016 is based are not considered as “skills” in labour market.
  • The NOC 2021 revision will be based on the degree of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) required for an occupation.

You can download new preliminary changed NOC Codes here.

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Link to download new preliminary changed NOC codes.

Understanding These NOC Changes:

  • A) TEER 0: Legislative and senior management occupations that generally require and have a significant level of experience, knowledge, and responsibilities related to resource planning and directing.
  • B) TEER 1: This will usually require university education or previous experience and expertise in subject matter knowledge from a related occupation found within TEER 2.
  • C) TEER 2: This Occupations usually requiring post-secondary education of two to three years, or apprenticeship training of at least two years, or occupations with supervisory or significant safety responsibilities.
  • D) TEER 3: Occupations requiring less than two years of post-secondary education or on-the-job training, training courses or specific work experience of more than six months.
  • E) TEER 4 or TEER 5: Occupations that usually requires a high-school diploma or no formal education are classified in “TEER” 4 or “TEER” 5. 

How Will NOC Be Coded:

Title of HierarchyFormatDigitRepresents:
Broad CategoryXFirst Digit – XOccupational categorization
Major Group XXSecond Digit xXTEER categorization
Sub-major GroupXX.Xxx.XTop level of the Sub-Major Group
Minor GroupXX.XXxx.XXHierarchy within the Sub-Major Group
Unit GroupXX.XXXxx.XXXHierarchy within the Minor Group

Broad Category – Occupationwhen the first digit is…
Legislative and senior management occupations0
Business, finance and administration occupations1
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations2
Health occupations3
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services4
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport5
Sales and service occupations6
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations7
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations8
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities9

You can download list of preliminary changed NOC codes here.

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The Training, Education, Experience and Responsibility (TEER)when the second digit is…
 Management – TEER0
Completion of a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate);
or
Previous experience and expertise in subject matter knowledge from a related occupation found in TEER 2 (when applicable).
1
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 (e.g. police officers and firefighters) responsibilities;
or
Several years of experience in a related occupation from TEER 3 (when applicable).
2
Completion of a post-secondary education program of less than two years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP;
or
Completion of an apprenticeship training program of less than two 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 related occupation from TEER 4 (when applicable).
3
Completion of secondary school;
or
Several weeks of on-the-job training with some secondary school education; or
Experience in a related occupation from TEER 5 (when applicable).
4
Short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements.5

Effect On Future Applicants:

As of now there is only preliminary list out for 583 NOC codes and it seems there will not be much changes in 2016 NOC O and A, other than change in code. However, there will be significant change for 2016 NOC B and C. 30% occupations in NOC 2016 are in skill level C or D, whereas 27% of occupations in NOC 2021 are in TEER 4 and 5.

If IRCC is going to be favorable, then there is more chance of including more occupations for express entry corresponding to NOC A or B of 2016.

On the other hand, there have been a lot of people around the world applying more into express entry, so there is also a possibility of including only TEER 0, 1, 2, and 3 in express entry and excluding TEER 4 and 5 from this program similar to NOC C and D.

So, we have to wait and watch on implementation of this new NOC system in the later half of 2022 and express entry to declare new requirements for these NOCs.

Click here to download preliminary changed NOC code.

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