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Canada – National Occupational Classification (NOC)

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National Occupational Classification (NOC) system is used to classify jobs (occupations). Jobs are grouped based on the type of:

  • job duties
  • work a person does

For immigration purposes, the main job groups are:

  • Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs, such as:
    • restaurant managers
    • mine managers
    • shore captains (fishing)
  • Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as:
    • doctors
    • dentists
    • architects
  • Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as:
    • chefs
    • plumbers
    • electricians
  • Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as:
    • industrial butchers
    • long-haul truck drivers
    • food and beverage servers
  • Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as:
    • fruit pickers
    • cleaning staff
    • oil field workers

Canadian immigration programs use the NOC to decide if a job or type of work experience meets their eligibility. We consider “skilled” jobs those with NOC Skill Type 0, A or B. We assess jobs against the 2016 version of the NOC.

If you want to apply as a skilled worker, find your job title, code and skill level or type in the NOC.

If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant (Express Entry)

Your job, and the work you have done in the past, must be skill type 0, or level A or B to use Express Entry. The Express Entry system manages applications for permanent residence if you want be considered:

If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant (Atlantic Immigration Pilot)

Your work experience must be skill type/level 0, A, B, or C.

If your job is skill level C or D

People who come to work on a temporary basis are not permanent residents. However, some go on to immigrate here on a permanent basis.

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