Ontario aligns OINP with NOC 2021

Ontario aligns OINP with new National Occupational Classification System


Ontario aligns OINP with NOC 2021

Ontario aligns OINP with NOC 2021 – September 08 2022. As we reported in Canada Immigration – National Occupational Classification 2021 (NOC 2021), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will switch to the 2021 version of NOC system on November 16, 2022.

The new NOC will change eligibility for some of Canada’s immigration programs including Express Entry.


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It will also affect how IRCC calculates your points and overall score in Express Entry immigration pool’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS Score).


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In a policy announcement of September 6, 2022, Ontario aligns OINP with NOC 2021 with changes in the Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program (OINP). See announcement at Ontario aligns OINP with NOC 2021.

Under Canada’s Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs), provinces and territories nominate individuals for Canada PR who want to settle in their province.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Each Canada Provincial Nominee Program has its own unique selection criteria. The selection criteria and occupations vary from province/territory to province/territory.


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Ontario is inviting the public to comment on them until September 30 because the new NOC will affect which jobs are eligible for each OINP stream.

What is Canada National Occupational Classification System?

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for defining and classifying all jobs.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses NOC to determine if applicants meet job or work experience under Canada’s Express Entry immigration system

Canada uses the Express Entry immigration pool draws system to manage permanent residence (PR) applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

Every job in Canada has a corresponding National Occupational Classification 2021 code. Therefore, knowing the NOC code for your foreign job or work experience is very important to your immigration application.

How NOC 2021 affects your immigration application

The new NOC will change eligibility for some of Canada’s immigration programs including Express Entry and PNPs.

It will also affect how IRCC calculates your points and overall score in Express Entry immigration pool’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS Score).

IRCC official webpage provides detail instructions to Express Entry candidates in the pool, as well as those who are joining the pool. See IRCC – NOC 2021: Compare all Express Entry programs.

How does OINP nomination help your Canada immigration application?

Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status.  However, as a result of a nomination you get a whopping 600-point boost to your CRS score. See Tips to boost your CRS Score.

Having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.

Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian permanent residence. Rather, the extra 600 CRS points from OINP nomination virtually guarantees that IRCC will issue you an invitation in one of its Express Entry draws. But you must still meet other PR eligibility criteria.

Also note that to be eligible for OINP nomination you need to first create a Canada Express Entry profile on IRCC’s create an Express Entry profile.

For example, Nadiah has a bachelor’s degree. She’s been working in agriculture sciences for five years. Nadiah has never worked or studied in Canada. She has the necessary Canada English or French language proficiency.

Nadiah’s federal Express Entry pool CRS score is 340. However, the province of Ontario recently nominated her under OINP. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points.

Consequently, Nadiah’s total CRS score jumps to 940 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score that Nadiah needs to get an invitation from IRCC to apply for PR.

After IRCC approves Nadiah’s PR application, she will complete the landing process, and officially become a Canadian permanent resident.


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.