Canada to Implement New NOC System as of November 16, 2022

by Mansi Sahai Published on 27/Oct/2022
Canada to Implement New NOC System

The government of Canada will start using the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) system 2021 from November 16, 2022. As per the latest information from IRCC, 16 new occupations will be eligible to apply under the Express Entry system, and 3 will become ineligible.

How Canada's NOC system works

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

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.

Changes coming up 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. 

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 



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

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