16 new occupations to become eligible for Express Entry when Canada overhauls NOC.
A Ministerial memorandum showcased jobs including bus and truck drivers, teaching assistants, orderlies, and dental assistants to be mentioned under the selection system. The memorandum confirmed that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will complete the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021 in November 2022.
The system will now move from the current skill level-based classification to a new Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) classification.
The current Skill Type 0 and Skill Level A to D do not directly correspond to the TEER level 0 to 5.
The rough equivalent is as follows:
The following occupations will be added:
The following three Express Entry occupations under NOC 2016 will become ineligible under the NOC 2021:
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The eligible occupations under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) will also be affected owing to this transition.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a program designed to bring new skilled immigrants to the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador.
The AIP is currently open to occupations at Skill Level C or above within NOC 2016. It will open to occupations at TEER 4 and above.
The following occupations will become ineligible as a result:
Further Express Entry Changes
Certain changes to the Express Entry will allow occupation-based invitations have been further outlined in amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
The amendment proposed by the IRCC under Bill C-19 will give the immigration minister more flexibility on who can be invited from the Express Entry pool.
Sean Fraser will have the power to identify a specific economic goal and invite candidates who would help achieve that goal. This would in turn make it possible to conduct draws targeting specific National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes.
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