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What is NOC 2021 & The 16 New Occupations for Express Entry?

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

It's November 16th and NOC 2021 is here!

Unlike NOC 2016, NOC 2021 takes into account the differences in educational requirements and formal training. As a result, the new classification reflects the knowledge and skills gained through on-the-job work experience.

Under the new system, we will move from NOC 0, A, B, C and D and will be replaced with a 6-category system representing the training, education, experience and responsibilities (TEER)

In addition, 4-digit codes will now become 5-digit codes and the eligibility criteria for all pathways that use NOC will be updated.

Skill Type or Level

TEER Category

Skill Type 0


Skill Type A


Skill Type B

TEER 2 and TEER 3

Skill Type C


Skill Type D


Programs Affected

  • Express Entry

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • Canadian Experience Class

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program

  • Atlantic Immigration Program

  • Provincial Nominee Program

  • caregivers programs

  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

  • Agri-Food Pilot

  • out-of-status construction workers

  • International Mobility Program

  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program

What Affect Will This Have on Express Entry?

Changes to the NOC system will affect newcomers in the Express Entry pool who have not yet received an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

When you create an Express Entry profile, you must include the NOC codes from previous jobs. The classification of occupations will change with the switch to NOC 2021, and candidates will be required to provide their updated NOC 2021 codes in the future. If you already have an Express Entry profile, you must update it to reflect the new NOC codes for your previous jobs.

Certain skill levels (now TEER levels) are required for certain immigration programs. Previously, Express Entry eligibility required at least NOC Skill Level B or higher. The Express Entry eligibility cut-off for NOC 2021 will be TEER 3. As a result, 16 new occupations will become eligible on November 16th. Below is a list of the 16 New occupations and their NOC codes.

  • 13102 - Payroll administrators;

  • 33100 -Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants;

  • 33102 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates;

  • 33103 - Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants;

  • 43100 - Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants;

  • 43200 - Sheriffs and bailiffs;

  • 43201 - Correctional service officers;

  • 43202- By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers;

  • 63211 - Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations;

  • 73200 - Residential and commercial installers and servicers;

  • 73202 - Pest controllers and fumigators;

  • 73209- Other repairers and servicers;

  • 73300 - Transport truck drivers;

  • 73301 - Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators;

  • 73400 - Heavy equipment operators; and

  • 93200 - Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.

In addition, three occupations will become ineligible for Express Entry in November based on the updated requirements:

  • 55109- Other performers;

  • 54100 - Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness; and

  • 62400 - Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners


Occupation Types



Management Occupations

Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Managers, and Financial Managers


Occupations that usually require a university degree

Financial Advisors, Software Engineers


​Occupations that usually require: a college diploma, apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or supervisory occupations

​Computer Network and Web Technicians and Medical Laboratory Technologists


Occupations that usually require: a college diploma, apprenticeship training of less than 2 years, or more than 6 months of on-the-job training

Bakers, Dental assistants, and Dental Laboratory Assistants


Occupations that usually require: a high school diploma, or several weeks of on-the-job training

Home Child Care Providers and Retail Salespersons and Visual Merchandisers


Occupations that usually need short-term work demonstration and no formal education

Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers, Delivery Service Drivers, and Door-to-Door Distributors

What Affect Will this Have on Provincial Nomination?

If your receive an invitation to apply (ITA) through the Express Entry process before November 16, 2022, you must submit your Express Entry application for permanent residence using NOC 2016.

Ontario, British Columbia, and other provinces have announced that applicants will need to submit a new expression of interest following the update to NOC 2021.

Whilst, Manitoba and New Brunswick have announced that applications using the NOC 2016 system submitted up to November 15th, at 11:59 PM will still be considered, with no need to submit a new application once the switch has been made.

Each province has their own requirements, so be sure to check their news page and your inbox for important updates regarding NOC 2021.

How this Will Affect Express Entry Candidates, Will Depend on Their Situation

If you receive an invitation to apply before November 16, 2022: You must use the NOC 2016 to submit your Express Entry application for permanent residence.

If you don't get an ITA by November 16, 2022: You must update your profile with your NOC 2021 code to remain eligible.

On or after November 16, 2022, you receive a nomination certificate: If your nomination certificate has a four-digit NOC code, enter 93888 in each NOC field of your Express Entry profile. The NOC 2016 code on your nomination certificate will be used to evaluate your application.

What Does the Future Hold?

This is not the last major change to Express Entry in the near future. In the first quarter of 2023, IRCC will begin targeted express entry draws. The Immigration Minister will have the authority to invite candidates based on factors such as occupation, language skills, and educational background. This could be done with a candidate's CRS score, or the CRS system could be completely replaced.

If you have questions about these changes, and how they may affect your Express Entry profile, book our Ask InfoPlace Consultation for a mini-session with one of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants.


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