National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations.

You can search the NOC to find where an occupation is classified or to learn about its main duties, educational requirements or other useful information.

On September 21st 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada released the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for data collection purposes. ESDC’s programs are expected to start the implementation process of the NOC 2021 in late 2022 as survey and census data based on the new classification becomes available.

Search for your NOC here: Jobs are grouped based on the type of job duties and work a person does.

Canada’s immigration programs use the NOC to decide if a job or type of work experience meets their eligibility. “Skilled” jobs are those with NOC Skill Type 0, A or B. As of December 2021, jobs are assessed against the 2016 version of the NOC.

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 doctors, dentists, architects;
  • Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as chefs, plumbers, electricians;
  • 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.

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