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Canada added 16 new occupations to Express Entry eligibility NOC list


Canada is adding 16 new occupations to Express Entry under a new Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system. The new occupations include truck and bus drivers, orderlies, teaching assistants and dental assistants.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) the system will move from the current skilled level-based classification. It will transition to a new Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system.

Canada continues to emphasize its need for new immigrants to help with post-COVID pandemic severe labour shortages. This is one of many policies to facilitate skilled workers immigration to Canada.

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Express Entry will transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021 in November 2022. NOC is what IRCC uses to define and classify jobs. Many of Canada’s immigration programs also use the NOC system to determine if a job or work experience is relevant according to the criteria of the program. NOC can also help you locate information about occupations found throughout Canada’s job market.

Also related: What is the NOC (National Occupational Classification) in Canada Immigration?.


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TEER’s new occupations

Under the Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system., IRCC will add the following occupations and their NOC:

  • 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 
  • By-law 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; and also
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.

According to the government of Canada:


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As the Canadian economy and society changes, it is common practice for classifications to be updated and revised as new industries, products, occupations and educational programs are introduced. NOC structural revisions are planned every 10 years and content was updated every 5 years to respond to labour market changes.

Introduction to the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0

Impact of TEER on Atlantic Immigration Program

As part of the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021, the eligible occupations under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) will also be affected.

The AIP is an employer-led program to bring new skill workers to the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador.

As a result of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) system, the following occupations will become ineligible:

  • Other support occupations in personal services
  • Longshore workers
  • Material handlers
  • Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
  • Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors
  • Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
  • Livestock labourers
  • Nursery and greenhouse labourers
  • Trappers and hunters
  • Food and beverage servers; and also
  • Labourers in textile processing and cutting.

About Canada’s Express Entry Immigration System

Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It also is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.


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Express Entry draws for Canada permanent residence occur regularly, but approximately every two weeks.

In each draw, Canada issues qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

IRCC approves your application and you complete the landing process. Thereafter, you are officially a Canadian permanent resident.

To enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile on IRCC website.


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As well, you must also meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs. These are: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

You do not need a job offer to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool. However it is important to note that IRCC awards additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points to those who already have a job.

Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200. It is generally determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your

  • age
  • work experience
  • educational background
  • ability to adapt, and as well as,
  • language skills

Importantly, also only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool get Invitations to Apply (ITAs).


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See also Eligibility for the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry) – 2021 Guidelines.


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.