Are you interested in working in Canada?
If so, the information below is what you should be aware of.
On November 16,2022 IRCC announced the implementation of National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for immigration programs, including those under the Express Entry system. This allows Canada to welcome newcomers who bring the skills the Canadian economy needs to help address labour shortages.Canada’s new National Occupational Classification (NOC) system changed how foreign nationals fill out their applications when applying under the Express Entry Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades programs.
Under the FSW (Federal Skilled Worker), foreign nationals can apply for permanent residence in Canada provided they meet the eligibility criteria, including work experience in occupations in four of the six Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) categories of the new NOC system.
Those eligible categories of occupations for the FSW (Federal Skilled Worker) now fall under the 0, 1, 2, and 3 TEER categories.
With the NOC 2021, the IRCC is moving from its use of a four-digit number to categorize each occupation to a five-digit code.
Within the new five-digit code, the NOC 2021 breaks down the level of skill of each occupation, until Nov. 16 still called the Skill Levels, into six categories from the current four to better reflect the level of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities, or TEER, of each job.
These TEER categories in the re-jigged NOC replace the current Skill Levels.
- (NOC 13102) Payroll administrators
- (NOC 33100) Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
- (NOC 33102) Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
- (NOC 33103) Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
- (NOC 43100) Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
- (NOC 43200) Sheriffs and bailiffs
- (NOC 43201) Correctional service officers
- (NOC 43202) By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
- (NOC 63211) Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
- (NOC 73200) Residential and commercial installers and servicers
- (NOC 73202) Pest controllers and fumigators
- (NOC 73209) Other repairers and servicers
- (NOC 73300) Transport truck drivers
- (NOC 73301) Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
- (NOC 73400) Heavy equipment operators
- (NOC 93200) Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
Three other occupations that are eligible for Express Entry under NOC 2016, though, are being dropped under the NOC 2021. Those occupations are:
- Other performers;
- Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness;
- Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners.
The changeover to NOC 2021 means applicants under the Express Entry system will need to search for their occupation under the NOC 2021 list on the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website and submit their Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) category and five-digit occupation code when filling out your profile for the Express Entry pool starting on Nov. 16.
Those who have already submitted a profile but have not yet been sent an Invitation to Apply (ITA) by that date will have to:
- search for their occupation under the NOC 2021 list on the ESDC website, and;
- update their profile with their TEER Category and five-digit occupational code.
Those profiles must be updated on or after Nov. 16 for the applicants to remain eligible for any of the Express Entry programs, including the CEC, FST, and FSW.
Applicants Invited Before November 16 Should Apply With NOC 2016 Codes
Foreign nationals, though, who received an ITA before Nov. 16, must still submit their applications for permanent residence using the NOC 2016, the version of the NOC in effect that date.
Up To 3,000 Applications Accepted Under The FST(Federal Skilled Trades)
- 72011 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
- 72013 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
- 72014 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and services
- 72310 Carpenters
- 72020 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
- 72021 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
- 82010 Supervisors, logging and forestry
- 82020 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
- 82021 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
- 83110 Logging machinery operators
- 82030 Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
- 92010 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
- 92011 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
- 92013 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
- 93100 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
- 92100 Power engineers and power systems operators
- 92101 Water and waste treatment plant operators
- 72100 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
- 72102 Sheet metal workers
- 72104 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
- 72105 Ironworkers
- 72106 Welders and related machine operators
- 72200 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
- 72201 Industrial electricians
- 72202 Power system electricians
- 72203 Electrical power line and cable workers
- 72204 Telecommunications line and cable installers and repairers
- 72205 Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
- 72300 Plumbers
- 72301 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
- 72302 Gas fitters
- 72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
- 72401 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
- 72402 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
- 72403 Railway carmen/women
- 72404 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
- 72406 Elevator constructors and mechanics
- 72500 Crane operators
- 72402 Drillers and blasters – surface, mining, quarrying and construction
- 72501 Water well drillers
- 83100 Underground production and development miners
- 83101 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
- 93101 Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing
Immigration Minister Says Canada Using All Available Tools To Resolve Labour Shortages
“We are using all of the tools at our disposal to tackle labour shortages, particularly in key sectors like health care, construction, and transportation,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.
“These changes will support Canadians in need of these services and they will support employers by providing them with a more robust workforce who we can depend on to drive our economy forward into a prosperous future. I’m thrilled to announce expanded pathways to permanent residence in Canada for these in-demand workers.”
With the expansion of the FSW, several industries are breathing a sigh of relief, including companies in the trucking and personal support worker sectors.
Trucking And Personal Support Worker Sectors Welcome Expansion Of The FSW
“Every sector of the Canadian economy relies on the trucking industry,” said Stephen Laskowski, president of Canadian Trucking Alliance. “Today’s announcement by Minister Fraser will help secure supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, by providing trucking companies access to an international workforce that was not previously available to our sector.”
Canadian Support Workers Association (CANSWA) CEO Miranda Ferrier applauded Ottawa’s decision to expand the FSW by adding these occupations.
Personal support workers too are in big demand in Canada with the Indeed.ca job website listing 13,342 help-wanted postings for them in mid-November.
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