Canada's New NOC Codes Effective from 16th November 2022

by Mansi Sahai Published on 22/Nov/2022
Canada's New NOC Codes

Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has successfully transitioned to the new National Occupation Classification (NOC) version 2021 on Thursday. This new version is applicable to various immigration programs, including Express Entry, and PNPs, Canada's most popular pathways to Canada PR visa.

Skill Types Replaced with New TEER Categories

The past NOC System Version 2016 required candidates to be classified under skill types 0, A or B. Whereas, with a shift to Version 2021, skill types are now replaced by the TEER, i.e., Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities categories. 

Now, there are a total of six TEER categories, an increase from the past four skill levels. In the Version 2016, around one third of all occupations were classified under skill level B. Whereas, as per the new TEER system, most of these skill types vary, aiming to address with a total of six categories.   

Let's have a look at how the NOC 2016 system skill types match up with the new TEER categories.

NOC 2016           

NOC 2021


Skill Type O               


Skill Level A  




Skill Level B  


Skill Level C               


Skill Level  D


New NOC Version 2021- Updated Eligibility Criteria for Express Entry 

Eligibility Requirements

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

English or French skills


CLB 5 - For speaking and listening

CLB 4 - For reading and writing

CLB 7 - For TEER 0 or TEER 1 occupations

CLB 5 - For TEER 2 or TEER 3 occupations

Level or Type of work experience

Experience in an occupation listed in one of the NOC TEER Categories: TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3

Work experience in a skilled trade under key TEER 2 or TEER 3 groups

Canadian work experience in an occupation listed in one or more of Categories: TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3

Years of work experience

1 year continuous gained in past 10 years (combination of part-time, full-time or more than 1 job in primary occupation)

2 years gained in past 5  years (combination of full-time or part-time)

1 year gained in Canada in past 3 years (combination of full-time or part-time work)

Job offer

Not required 

A valid job offer of full-time work for least 1 year or a certificate of qualification in a skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal government 

Not required

Education level

At least secondary education 

Not required

Not required.

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