Program delivery update: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

November 16, 2022

On November 16, 2022, IRCC will switch to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the current NOC 2016 skill type and skill level structure (NOC 0, A, B, C and D) will be replaced by a 6-category system representing the training, education, experience and responsibilities needed to work in an occupation.

We are updating our program delivery instructions to reflect the coming changes for the following lines of business:

Additional instructions related to NOC 2021 will be provided for remaining economic lines of business at a later date.

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