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NOC 2021 has new Pathways to Permanent Residence

Posted on 30/11/2022

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship, Sean Fraser, recently announced that the new National Occupational Classification NOC 2021 would now be used by Express Entry.

 Why should you care?

This is why. 16 occupations newly listed in NOC 2021 will now have better pathways to permanent residency through the Express Entry online portal. This is a deliberate policy change by the government due to current and future labour shortages in Canada’s economy. This means that instead of relying on a temporary immigration program or a federal or provincial pilot program, the following occupations now have a permanent place in Canada’s economic immigration streams through Express Entry.

  • payroll administrators – TEER 3 – NOC Code 13102
  • dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants – TEER 3 – NOC Code 33100
  • nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates – TEER 3 – NOC Code 33102
  • pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants – TEER 3 – NOC Code 33103
  • elementary and secondary school teacher assistants – TEER 3 – NOC Code 43100
  • sheriffs and bailiffs – TEER 3 – NOC Code 43200
  • correctional service officers – TEER 3 – NOC Code 43201
  • by-law enforcement and other regulatory officers – TEER 3 – NOC Code 43202
  • estheticians, electrologists and related occupations – TEER 3 – NOC Code 63211
  • residential and commercial installers and servicers – TEER 3 – NOC 73200
  • pest controllers and fumigators – TEER 3 – NOC Code 73202
  • other repairers and servicers – TEER 3- NOC Code 73209
  • transport truck drivers – TEER 3 – NOC Code 73300
  • bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators – TEER 3 – NOC Code 73301
  • heavy equipment operators – TEER 3- NOC Code 73400
  • aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors – TEER 3 – NOC Code 93200
    • For an explanation of the TEER and NOC Code numbers see below.

 How to apply through Express Entry

  1. Submit a profile to the online portal which will be ranked according to what’s called the Comprehensive Ranking System which is based on experience, work skills, education, and other skills like ability in English and French.
  2. If your point total is high enough you will receive and Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Provincial Nominee Programs will often work in conjunction with Express Entry to attract needed skilled workers to their province/territory.
  3. Once you’ve submitted your ITA you then go through the final evaluation, and if you’re approved you receive your permanent residence visa.

Maxcan Visa has a detailed overview of the process of applying through Express Entry here at this link.

How NOC works

As we explained in 2021 here, the 2021 National Occupational Classification system now uses what’s called the TEER system (Training, Education, Experience, Responsibilities) to categorize occupations in Canada.


TEER Occupation types Examples
TEER 0 Management occupations Advertising managers

Marketing managers

Financial managers

TEER 1 Occupations requiring a university degree Financial advisors

Software engineers

TEER 2 Occupations requiring:

·        College diploma (tertiary)

·        2 or more years apprenticeship

·        Supervisory occupations

Computer network technicians

Medical lab technologists

TEER 3 Occupations requiring:

·        College diploma (tertiary)

·        Less than 2 years apprenticeship

·        More than 6 months on-the-job training

Dental assistants

Dental lab assistants

TEER 4 Occupations requiring

·        High-school diploma

·        Several weeks on-the-job training

Home childcare provider

Retails salesperson

Visual merchandisers

TEER 5 Occupations requiring no formal education and only a short-term work demonstration Landscaping & grounds maintenance labourers

Delivery service drivers

Door-to-door distributors


You’ll notice that all the 16 occupations listed above are TEER 3 category requiring some post-secondary (tertiary) education and or apprenticeship or training.

The NOC Code is a 5-digit number that places your occupations within a unit group and within a category. For example, the first occupation in our list above is:

Payroll administrators: NOC Code 13102

  • The first digit (1) represents business, finance, and administration occupations
  • The second digit (3) represents administrative occupations and transportation logistics occupations
  • The third digit (1) represents the administrative occupations within the previous group
  • The fourth digit (0) represents administrative, property, and payroll officers
  • The fifth digit (2) represents payroll administrators

NOC Codes are used to analyze labour markets in Canada and assist the government with its labour and immigration policies, much like this new policy which added 16 occupations to Express Entry’s permanent residence streams.

There’s surely more to come

Finally, you can be sure that as more labour shortages start popping up, more and more occupations will be fast-tracked to Express Entry. So, make sure to check back with us to see what options are available for skilled and semi-skilled workers looking to move to Canada.




Posted in News Tips and tagged Express Entry, Skilled and semi-skilled workers

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