National Occupational Classification equivalents of Canada’s commitments in the Canada-European Union free-trade agreement

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The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) includes commitments for contractual service suppliers and independent professionals, which are listed in Annex 10-E of the CETA, based on the United Nations Provisional Central Product Classification (CPC prov.) economic sectors.

Below is a comparative table guiding Canada’s implementation of CETA commitments through the National Occupational Classification NOC 2011. Please note that Canada’s commitments in Annex 10-E are limited to the NOC O and A levels (except for engineering and scientific technologists, which are NOC B). In addition, commitments for contractual services suppliers and independent professionals vary by sector, as indicated in the chart below.

Please note that several sectors listed in Annex 10-E are not included in this list because Canada is “unbound” and did not take commitments for those sectors, meaning that both independent professionals and contractual service suppliers seeking entry related to these sectors would be subject to the domestic regime and LMIA process. These sectors include:

  • medical and dental services
  • veterinary services
  • midwifery services
  • services provided by nurses, physiotherapists and paramedical personnel
  • higher education services

Unless otherwise indicated, contractual service suppliers and independent professionals listed in the charts below are eligible for entry under the CETA without an LMIA. Please note that, if an applicant is not eligible under Canada’s CETA commitments, they can apply under Canada’s domestic regime.

NOC equivalents of Canada’s commitments in Annex 10-E for contractual services suppliers and independent professionals

CPC Sector or Sub-sector NOC Equivalent Exceptions
Legal advisory services in respect of public international law and foreign law (i.e., laws other than Canadian laws)
(part of CPC 861)
4112 Lawyers and Quebec notaries: only public international law and foreign law (non-EU law) related occupations  
Accounting and bookkeeping services
(CPC 86212 other than “auditing services,” CPC 86213, CPC 86219 and CPC 86220)

0111 Financial managers: only occupations with an accounting designation

1111 Financial auditors and accountants: only for accounting occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Taxation advisory services
(CPC 863)

1111 Financial auditors and accountants: only advisory services and excluding auditors (covered under Auditing Services)

4162 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts: only taxation advisory services related occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA

CPC 863 does not include legal advisory and legal representational services on tax matters, which are to be found under legal advisory services in respect of public international law and foreign law.

Architectural services
(CPC 8671)

0212 Architecture and science managers: only architectural related occupations

2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.: only naval architects

2151 Architects

 
Urban planning and landscape architectural services
(CPC 8674)

0212 Architecture and science managers: only urban planning and landscape architecture related occupations

2152 Landscape architects

2153 Urban and land use planners

 
Engineering services
and
Integrated engineering services
(CPC 8672 and CPC 8673)

0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services: engineering designation required

0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.: engineering designation required

0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities: engineering designation required

0211 Engineering managers

2122  Forestry professionals: engineering designation required

213 Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers: all occupations

214 Other engineers: all occupations

2173 Software engineers and designers: only software engineers

 
Computer and related services
(CPC 84)

0213 Computer and information systems managers

2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers):

217 Computer and information systems professionals: all occupations

 
Research and development services
(CPC 851, 852 excluding psychologists’ services, 853)

0211 Engineering managers: only research and development related occupations

0212 Architecture and science managers: only research and development related occupations

0213 Computer and information systems managers: only research and development related occupations

211 Physical science professionals: only research and development related occupations

2121 Biologists and related scientists: research and development related occupations

2122 Forestry professionals: only research forester

2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists: only agrologists and agricultural research related occupations

2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries: only research and development related occupations

213 Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers: research and development related occupations

214 Other engineers: only research and development related occupations

3132 Dieticians and nutritionists: only research and development related occupations

4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers: only research and development related occupations

4162 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts: only research and development related occupations

4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants: only research and development related occupations

4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers: only research and development related occupations

4167 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers: only research and development related occupations

4169 Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.: only research and development related occupations

Psychologists’ services are part of medical and dental services, which are not covered under CETA
Advertising
(CPC 871)

0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services: only advertising related occupations

0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.; only sales and advertising vice-presidents – excludes broadcasting

0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers

1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations: only advertising related occupations

5121 Authors and writers: only advertising related occupations

5122 Editors: only advertising related occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Market research and opinion polling
(CPC 864)

0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers: only market research and opinion polling related occupations

0125 Other business services managers: only market research and opinion polling related occupations

2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries: only opinion polling statisticians

4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants: only market research and opinion polling related occupations

4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers: only market research and opinion polling related occupations

 
Management consulting services
(CPC 865)

0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers: only public relations services

0125 Other business services managers: only management consulting services

1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting

1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations: only public relations services

 
Services related to management consulting
(CPC 866)

1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting (e.g. project management services other than for construction, arbitration and conciliation services)

1121 Human resources professionals: only management consulting related services (e.g. conciliation services)

 

Technical testing and analysis services

(CPC 8676) Exclusion: mineral prospecting services, oil and gas field exploration, and geophysical (e.g. seismic) and geological surveying services are classified under class 8675 (engineering related scientific and technical consulting services)

2112 Chemists: only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

2115 Other professional occupations in physical sciences: only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

2131 Civil engineers: only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

2132 Mechanical engineers: only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

2133 Electrical and electronics engineers: only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

2134 Chemical engineers: only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers: only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

2146 Aerospace engineers: only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers): only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

2173 Software engineers and designers: only technical testing and analysis services related occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
(Engineering) Related scientific and technical consulting services
(CPC 8675)

2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers: only engineering related scientific and technical consulting services related occupations

2143 Mining engineers: only engineering related scientific and technical consulting services related occupations

2144 Geological engineers: only engineering related scientific and technical consulting services related occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Mining
(CPC 883, advisory and consulting services only)

0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing: only mining advisory and consulting services related occupations

2143 Mining engineers: only advisory and consulting services related occupations

2144 Geological engineers: only mining advisory and consulting services related occupations

2145 Petroleum engineers: only mining advisory and consulting services related occupations

2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.: only mining advisory and consulting services related occupations

2154 Land surveyors: only mining advisory and consulting services related occupations

4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants: only mining advisory and consulting services related occupations

 
Maintenance and repair of vessels
(part of CPC 8868)

2132 Mechanical engineers: only maintenance and repair of vessels related occupations

2133 Electrical and electronics engineers: only maintenance and repair of vessels related occupations

2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers: only maintenance and repair of vessels related occupations

2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.: only marine, naval, shipbuilding and ship construction related to maintenance and repair of vessels occupations

Contractual service suppliers – managers are excluded Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Maintenance and repair of rail transport equipment
(part of CPC 8868)

2132 Mechanical engineers: only maintenance and repair of rail transport equipment related occupations

2133 Electrical and electronics engineers: only maintenance and repair of rail transport equipment related occupations

Contractual service suppliers – Managers are excluded Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA

Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles and road transport equipment

(CPC 6112, CPC 6122, part of CPC 8867 and part of CPC 8868)

2132 Mechanical engineers: only maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles and road transport equipment related occupations Contractual service suppliers – Managers are excluded Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Maintenance and repair of aircraft and parts thereof
(part of CPC 8868)

2132 Mechanical engineers: only maintenance and repair of aircraft and parts thereof related occupations

2133 Electrical and electronics engineers: only maintenance and repair of aircraft and parts thereof related occupations

2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers: only maintenance and repair of aircraft and parts thereof related occupations

2146 Aerospace engineers: only maintenance and repair of aircraft and parts thereof related occupations

Contractual service suppliers – Managers are excluded Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA

Maintenance and repair of metal products, of (non-office) machinery, of (non-transport and non-office) equipment and of personal and household goods

(CPC 633, CPC 7545, CPC 8861, CPC 8862, CPC 8864, CPC 8865 and CPC 8866) Note: Maintenance and repair services of office machinery and equipment including computers (CPC 845) are to be found under computer services

0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers: only maintenance and repair of metal products, machinery, equipment and personal and household goods related occupations – except all office or transport related occupations

0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers: only maintenance and repair of metal products, machinery, equipment and personal and household goods related occupations – except all office or transport related occupations

2132 Mechanical engineers

2133 Electrical and electronics engineers

2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.: only agricultural, agroprocessing, biomedical, bio-resource, dairy plant, food and textile, for maintenance and repair related occupations

Contractual service suppliers – Managers in utilities are excluded Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Translation and interpretation Services
(CPC 87905, excluding official or certified activities)
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters: except official or certified activities  
Telecommunication services (CPC 7544, advisory and consulting services only)

2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers): only telecommunications advisory and consulting services related occupations

2173 Software engineers and designers: only telecommunications advisory and consulting services related occupations

Contractual service suppliers /independent professionals – managers are excluded from CETA commitments
Postal and courier services (CPC 751, advisory and consulting services only) Not applicable Contractual service suppliers /independent professionals – managers are excluded from CETA commitments

Construction and related engineering services

CPC 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518. BG: CPC 512, 5131, 5132, 5135, 514, 5161, 5162, 51641, 51643, 51644, 5165, 517.

2131 Civil engineers: only construction and related engineering services related occupations

2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians

Contractual service suppliers – managers are excluded from CETA commitments Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Site investigation work
(CPC 5111)

2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers: only related to site investigation work for construction occupations

2115 Other professional occupations in physical sciences: only soil scientists and materials scientists

2131 Civil engineers: only related to site investigation work for construction occupations

2153 Urban and land use planners: only related to site investigation work for construction occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Agriculture, hunting and forestry (CPC 881, advisory and consulting services only)

0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing: only agriculture and forestry advisory and consulting services related occupations

0821 Managers in agriculture: only advisory and consulting services related occupations

2121 Biologists and related scientists: only agriculture, hunting and forestry advisory and consulting services related occupations

2122 Forestry professionals: only advisory and consulting services related occupations

2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists: only advisory and consulting services related occupations

2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.: only agricultural advisory and consulting services related occupations

4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers: only agriculture, hunting and forestry advisory and consulting services related occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA

Environmental services

(CPC 9401, CPC 9402, CPC 9403, CPC 9404, part of CPC 94060, CPC 9405, part of CPC 9406, CPC 9409) Note: CPC 9401 corresponds to sewage services

CPC 9404 corresponds to cleaning services of exhaust gases

CPC 94060 corresponds to parts of nature and landscape protection services

0211 Engineering managers: only sewage, trash, garbage related occupations

0212 Architecture and science managers: only environmental services related occupations; excludes agriculture, forestry and mining related occupations

0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers: only sewage, trash, garbage, sanitation, air pollution, landscape protection and noise control related occupations

0912 Utilities managers: only environmental services related occupations, excluding power generation and distribution, petroleum and nuclear related occupations

2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers: only environmental geologists, geochemists and hydrologists

2112 Chemists: only environmental services related occupations; excludes agriculture, forestry and mining related occupations

2121 Biologists and related scientists: only landscape (excluding forests), their respective fauna, flora and habitats; environment and climate relationships; natural disaster assessment and abatement services; landscape protection services; not elsewhere classified related occupations

2131 Civil engineers: only environmental services, municipal, public works, sanitation and water management related occupations

2134 Chemical engineers: only environmental services and waste related occupations

2153 Urban and land use planners: only land use and environmental services related occupations

4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers: only environmental services related occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Insurance and insurance related services (advisory and consulting services only)

0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services: only insurance and insurance related services for advisory and consulting services related occupations

0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers: only insurance and insurance related services for advisory and consulting services related occupations

2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries: only insurance and insurance related services for advisory and consulting services related occupations

4112 Lawyers and Quebec notaries: only insurance and insurance related services for advisory and consulting services related occupations

 
Other financial services (advisory and consulting services only)

0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers: only advisory and consulting services related occupations; except insurance and insurance related services

0111 Financial managers: only advisory and consulting services related occupations

0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers: only advisory and consulting services related occupations

0125 Other business services managers: only financial services for advisory and consulting services related occupations; except accounting and auditing

1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers: only advisory and consulting services related occupations

1112 Financial and investment analysts: only advisory and consulting services related occupations

1114 Other financial officers: only financial services for advisory and consulting services related occupations

 
Transport
(CPC 71, 72, 73, 74, advisory and consulting services only)

2131 Civil engineers: only transportation advisory and consulting services related occupations

2153 Urban and land use planners: only transportation advisory and consulting services related occupations

Contractual service suppliers /independent professionals – managers are excluded from CETA commitments
Travel agencies and tour operator services (including tour managers)
(CPC 7471)

0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.: only travel agencies and tour operator services related occupations

0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers: only travel agencies and tour operator services related occupations

0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.: only travel agencies and tour operator services related occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA

Includes CSS category tour managers whose function is to accompany a tour group of a minimum of 10 persons without acting as guides in specific locations

Tourist guide services
(CPC 7472)

0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers: only tourist guide services related occupations

0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.: only tourist guide services related occupations

Independent professionals in these occupations may not enter Canada under CETA
Manufacturing
(CPC 884 and 885, advisory and consulting services only)
2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers: only manufacturing advisory and consulting services related occupations Contractual service suppliers /independent professionals – managers are excluded from CETA commitments
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