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:
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.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
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:
For immigration purposes, the main job groups are:
Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs, such as:
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:
long-haul truck drivers
food and beverage servers
Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as:
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.
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: