What is the NOC (National Occupational Classification) in Canada immigration requirements?
Individuals applying for any of the over 80 Canadian immigration programs often ask “what is the NOC”? The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system developed to define and classify jobs. Many of Canada’s immigration programs use the NOC system to determine if a job or work experience is relevant according to the criteria of the program. It can help you locate information about occupations found throughout Canada’s job market. You can use the NOC to research:
- job descriptions
- educational requirements
- required skills
- related occupations
As well, the NOC is often used by employers to help them write job descriptions and identify skill requirements for new job postings.
The NOC is also used by many government agencies (including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) to identify skills shortages in the Canadian job market.
The NOC is updated every 5 years by Employment and Social Development Canada and Statistics Canada. The most current version of the NOC is at:
Jobs are grouped based on the type of:
- job duties
- work a person does
NOC for Canada Immigration Purposes
For immigration purposes, the main job groups are:
- Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs, such as:
- restaurant managers
- mine managers
- shore captains (fishing)
- Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as:
- Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as:
- Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as:
- industrial butchers
- long-haul truck drivers
- food and beverage servers
- Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as:
- fruit pickers
- cleaning staff
- oil field workers
Canada’s immigration programs use the NOC to decide if a job or type of work experience meets their eligibility. IRCC considers “skilled” jobs those with NOC Skill Type 0, A or B and assesses jobs against the 2016 version of the NOC.
If you want to apply as a skilled worker, find your job title, code and skill level or type in the NOC.
NOC for skilled immigrant under federal Express Entry
If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant under Canada’s Express Entry system, your job and the work you have done in the past, must be skill type 0, or level A or B to. The Express Entry system manages applications for permanent residence if you want be considered in the following skilled immigrants categories:
- as a Federal Skilled Worker
- under the Federal Skilled Trades Program
- or under the Canadian Experience Class
If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant (Atlantic Immigration Pilot)
Your work experience must be skill type/level 0, A, B, or C.
NOC for Provincial Nominee Programs
If your job is skill NOC level C or D
- you may be able to come to Canada as a provincial nominee (all skill types/levels),
- you may be able to come to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (skill type/level 0, A, B, or C), or
- you may be able to work here for up to two years.
People who come to work on a temporary basis are not permanent residents. However, some go on to immigrate here on a permanent basis.
Find your NOC job title, code and skill type
Use the official Government of Canada online tool to find the NOC information that best matches your jobs: Find Your NOC.
- NOC Tutorial – Employment and Social Development Canada
Helps explain the how the NOC is organized and includes a quiz to test your understanding