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Canada's 2022 new NOC

Impact of Canada’s 2022 new NOC on Express Entry immigration eligibility

Impact of Canada’s 2022 new NOC on Express Entry immigration eligibility  Canada has released the information on the (NOC) National Occupation Classification, and how it will impact Express Entry immigration and its eligibility. The new 2022 NOC will be applied to the candidates from November 2022.

In the new NOC (National Occupation Classification) system of Canada, 3 types of occupation will not be eligible and 16 types of occupation will remain eligible for Express Entry immigration.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) determines the eligibility on the basis of the 2016 (NOC) National Occupation Classification. However, in November, IRCC will determine the eligibility criteria according to the NOC 2021, according to Canadian law.

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Changes in Canada’s 2022 new NOC

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada, manage the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system of Canada. The classification structure is re-examined and modified every 10 years, in which new structures and terminologies are added. These changes result in an impact on Express Entry eligibility.

Due to the changes in NOC, 16 occupations will remain eligible for  Canada’s 2022 new NOC Express Entry candidates:

  1. Dental laboratory assistants and dental assistants;
  2. Orderlies and associates of patient service, Nurse aides;
  3. Payroll administrators;
  4. Pharmacy assistants and technical pharmacy assistants;
  5. Secondary and Elementary school teacher assistants;
  6. Bailiffs and Sheriffs;
  7. Correctional service officers;
  8. Truck drivers (transport);
  9. Bus drivers, transit operators, and subway operators;
  10. Heavy equipment operators;
  11. Inspectors in Aircraft assembly and Aircraft assemblers;
  12. By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers;
  13. Electrologists, Estheticians, and  other related occupations;
  14.  Commercial installers, residential services;
  15. Fumigators and Pest controllers; and
  16. Servicers and Other repairers.

The three occupations that will not remain eligible under Canada’s 2022 new NOC are as follows:

  1. Other performers;
  2. milliners, tailors, dressmakers, and furriers;
  3. Sport and fitness instructors, program leaders, and recreation instructors.

However, these three occupations are eligible under the broader occupational programs in some Provincial Nominee Program streams.

Canada's 2022 new NOC

The new “six-category” NOC system

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada, have changed the “four-category” skill level system to the “six-category” skill level system for Canada’s 2022 new NOC. According to the new outlines, each occupation application will include (TEER) Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities.

The new tier for NOC 2022 is as follows:

TEER 0 Occupations related to management.
TEER 1 Experience in TEER 2 category; or

University degree or doctorate degree completion.

TEER 2 The post-secondary education program of 2-3 years at the institute of technology and community college completion; or

Apprenticeship training program completion of 2-5 years;

Occupations of significant safety and supervisory responsibilities;

Experience in the TEER 3 category.

TEER 3 The post-secondary education program of less than 2 years at the institute of technology and community college completion; or

Apprenticeship training of less than 2 years; or On-the-job training of less than 2 years, work experience and secondary school education; or

Experience in the TEER 4 category.


TEER 4 Secondary school completion; or job training along with secondary school education;

Experience in  TEER 5  category.

TEER 5 No requirement for formal education and work demonstration.

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According to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada, there are two reasons for the evolution of the TEER system for Canada’s 2022 new NOC.

  1. To provide clarity on the required work experience and level of education;
  2. To artificially categorize between low and high-skilled jobs.

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