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:
- Canadian experience class
- federal skilled trades
- federal skilled workers
- out-of-status construction workers
- economic classes (non-Express Entry)
Additional instructions related to NOC 2021 will be provided for remaining economic lines of business at a later date.
- Canadian experience class selection criteria – Official language proficiency
- Canadian experience class (CEC): Qualifying work experience
- Federal skilled trades class: Assessing the application against selection criteria
- Federal skilled workers: Assessing applications against minimum requirements
- Federal skilled workers selection criteria: Education
- Federal skilled workers selection criteria: Work experience
- Federal skilled workers selection criteria: Arranged employment
- Federal skilled workers selection criteria: Arranged employment – Role of ESDC
- Federal skilled workers selection criteria: Adaptability
- Assessing the application against the policy conditions – Out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
- Economic classes: Procedures at the Centralized Intake Office for applications (Non-Express Entry)
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