As we have been anticipated since last year, IRCC and ESDC are moving to update the current National Occupation Classification (set in 2016) for 2022. So far, they have updated this index every 10 years so. However, at this point, NOC will be updated as of 2022 – after 6 years.

Currently, NOC is categorized as “0, A, B, C, D” – this category will be changed to 5 TEERS (Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities of each occupation) system – 1 to 5. For the purpose of immigration, Teers 1 to 3 are considered high skilled occupations – TEER 0 = Skill Type 0; TEER 1 = Skill Type A; TEER 2 & 3 = Skilled Type B; TEER 4 = Skilled Type C; and TEER 5 = Skilled Type D.

Most changes are minor in nature, but there are 16 occupations become eligible under Express Entry:

  1. Payroll administrators;
  2. Dental assistant and dental lab assistants;
  3. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates;
  4. Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants;
  5. Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants;
  6. Sheriffs and bailiffs;
  7. Correctional service officers;
  8. By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers;
  9. Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations;
  10. Residential and commercial installers and servicers;
  11. Pest controllers and fumigators;
  12. Other repairers and servicers;
  13. Transport truck drivers;
  14. Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators;
  15. Heavy equipment operators; and
  16. Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.

There are 3 occupations that will become ineligible under the Express Entry system:

  1. Other performers;
  2. Program leaders and instructions in recreation, sport & fitness – camp counsellor;
  3. Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners.

Finally, under Atlantic Immigration Program, 12 occupations will become ineligible:

  1. Pet groomers, and animal care workers;
  2. Other support occupations in personal services;
  3. Material handlers;
  4. Longshore workers;
  5. Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs;
  6. Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors;
  7. Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations;
  8. Livestock labourers;
  9. Nursery and greenhouse laboureres;
  10. Trappers and hunters;
  11. Food and beverage services and
  12. Labourers in textile processing and cutting.

We will monitor as the new NOC system coming into force, but in the meantime, we recommend everyone to be aware of the above changes to plan your immigration pathway accordingly.