New TEER system for NOC codes was announced by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada in 2021. It will come into effect in around fall of 2022. The National Occupation Classification (NOC) plays a significant role in Canada’s immigration system.
Moreover, the Express Entry system, a primary way for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada, is entirely based on NOC. To qualify for Express Entry, skilled and temporary foreign workers require to demonstrate work experience in NOC skill levels 0, A or B.
Therefore, changes in the primary basis of Express Entry, such as the NOC, will impact the Express Entry system. This article will help understand the new NOC 2021, the TEER system and discuss its impacts.
As per preliminary report, 57 NOC codes will divide further: Click here to download preliminary changed NOC Codes.
What is the NOC 2021, the New TEER system?
Canada uses NOC as a national reference for occupations. The Canadian federal government revises NOC every ten years to reflect Canada’s economy and labour market.
The NOC 2021 modernizes the previous 4-digit “Skill Level” structure. It introduces new categories to represent the degree of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) needed for an occupation. Additionally, it includes a new five-digit hierarchical structure.
Overview of Changes in NOC 2021:
With the introduction of TEER, highlighted below are details on TEER classifications and its previous skill level equivalency.
- TEER 0: Management occupations.
- TEER 1:
- Completed a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate); or
- Obtained several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER 2.
- TEER 2:
- Completed post-secondary education program of two to three years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or
- Completed two to five years of an apprenticeship training program.
- Managed responsibilities of supervisory or significant safety occupations (firefighters or police officers); or
- Obtained several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER 3.
- TEER 3
- Completed post-secondary education program of fewer than two years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or
- Completed an apprenticeship training of fewer than two years; or
- Obtained more than six months of on job training, undertook training courses or specific work experience with some secondary education; or
- Have acquired several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER 4.
- TEER 4
- Completed secondary school; or
- Obtained on the job training for several weeks with some secondary school education; or
- Have acquired several years of experience in a specific occupation from TEER category 5.
- TEER 5
- Short work demonstration and no formal educational requirements.
The Possible Impacts of NOC 2021
NOC 2021 may have minimal impacts on many immigration and foreign worker candidates. New TEER codes are available on NOC website and you can check them here. Considering that their work experience will continue to match the eligibility criteria of the preferred immigration or foreign worker program.
Furthermore, some may find themselves eligible for additional programmes as work experience is recategorized. In contrast, some may become ineligible due to the same.