Canadian immigration is making major changes to the NOC in 2022

IRCC and ESDC will implement the changes in fall 2022.

Canada has introduced NOC 2021 and the immigration system will incorporate the changes in 2022.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a major part of Canada’s immigration system. Skilled worker candidates and temporary foreign worker need to demonstrate their work experience corresponds with NOC requirements of the program they are applying to. For instance,Express Entry is the main way to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker, and candidates need to demonstrate their work experience falls under NOC skill level 0, A, or B as one of the eligibility factors under Express Entry.

The NOC is Canada’s national reference for occupations. It categorizes employment activities in Canada to help understand the nature of the Canadian labour market, run government programs, promote skills development, conduct research, and help Canada manage its immigration and foreign worker programs.