Understanding Canadian National Occupational Classification

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Part of the requirement in migrating or working in Canada is to determine an applicant’s previous job experience. Doing so enables the Canadian government to identify whether the applicant’s occupation is suitable or in demand within Canada.

NOC job classifications

There are five job classifications under the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) for the purpose of immigration.

  1. Skill Type 0: Management jobs
  2. Skill Type A: Professional jobs
  3. Skill Type B: Technical and skilled jobs
  4. Skill Type C: Intermediate jobs
  5. Skill Type D: Labor jobs

These jobs are grouped according to:

  • job duties
  • work a person does

Canada’s immigration programs use the NOC to decide if a job or work experience of an applicant meets his or her eligibility. Since Canada has has several immigration programs, certain job classifications are available or limited to certain programs.

Skilled jobs

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NOC Skill types 0, A or B are considered as skilled jobs according to the 2016 version of the NOC.

Find your job title in the NOC

To determine your job type — whether 0, A, B, C or D — find the closest occupation that fits your work experience the table below. Then take note of the NOC number and corresponding Skill level or type value.

If you want to apply as a skilled immigrant under under Express Entry, you must possess skill type 0, or level A or B based on NOC. You can apply under Express Entry for the following immigration programs:

If your job is skill level C or D:

  • You may be able to come to Canada as a provincial nominee (all skill types/levels),
  • You may be able to come to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (skill type/level 0, A, B, or C), or
  • You may be able to work in Canada for up to two years.
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