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The Government is switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

28 July, 2022

The Government is switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)

The NOC 2016 standard (NOC 0, A, B, C and D) will be replaced by a system of 6 categories (TEER) representing training, education, experience and responsibilities required to work in an occupation, and the 4-digit codes will become 5-digit codes.

What is NOC?

NOC stands for National Occupational Classification, and it is the national reference for all jobs in Canada. The NOC categorizes the entire range of activity in Canada, and it takes into account two aspects of the job market:

The broad occupational category represents the type of work performed, the field of study and/or industry of that occupation.
The skill level category: besides education, training and work experience, this NOC category also considers the tasks and responsibilities associated with the job.


Skill level B jobs may become TEER 2 or TEER 3 jobs.

Most professions will remain at a TEER equivalent to the NOC they belonged to, but some will change.
For example, Payroll administrators, Pharmacy assistants, Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants, Transport truck drivers and Heavy equipment operators will now be TEER 3.

 

New TEER categories

Skill type or level TEER category
Skill type 0 TEER 0
Skill level A TEER 1
Skill level B TEER 2 and TEER 3
Skill level C TEER 4
Skill level D TEER 5



These programs will have updated eligibility requirements because of this change:

- Express Entry (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program)
- Atlantic Immigration Program
- Provincial Nominee Program
- Caregivers programs
- Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
- Agri-Food Pilot
- Out-of-status construction workers
- International Mobility Program
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program

TEER categories and examples of jobs:

 

TEER Occupation types Examples
TEER 0 Management occupations Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
Financial managers
TEER 1 Occupations that usually require a university degree Financial advisors
Software engineers
TEER 2

Occupations that usually require

  • a college diploma
  • apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or
  • supervisory occupations
Computer network and web technicians
Medical laboratory technologists
TEER 3

Occupations that usually require

  • a college diploma
  • apprenticeship training of less than 2 years, or
  • more than 6 months of on-the-job training
Bakers
Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
TEER 4

Occupations that usually require

  • a high school diploma, or
  • several weeks of on-the-job training
Home child care providers
Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
TEER 5 Occupations that usually need short-term work demonstration and no formal education Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors

To learn more about the changes:

 

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