NOC Update: Change is coming!

The government of Canada released a memorandum for approval regarding the changes to the National Occupation Classification (NOC). This update will affect how express entry works and could mean good news for international students who are looking to immigrate to Canada. We'll take a look at what the changes mean and how they might benefit you.


The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 will come into effect in November 2022, according to an internal briefing memo. A total of 16 occupations will become eligible for Express Entry, and three will become ineligible. The changes will affect the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. occupations that will become eligible are:

  • Payroll administrators;
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants;
  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates;
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants;
  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants;
  • Sheriffs and bailiffs;
  • Correctional service officers;
  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers;
  • Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations;
  • Residential and commercial installers and servicers;
  • Pest controllers and fumigators;
  • Other repairers and servicers;
  • Transport truck drivers;
  • Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators;
  • Heavy equipment operators; and
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.

There will also be three occupations that will become ineligible, including:

other performers;
program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness; and
tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners.


IRCC has changed the system from NOC to TEER. The TEER system has 4 major four levels of occupation: T1, T2, T3, and T4. Each level has different eligibility requirements.

According to the memo, With the implementation of NOC 2021, the programs' eligibility cut-off will become TEER 3.

If you want to study in Canada, you need to be strategic when choosing the program. Choose the program that will fall under the categories from TEER 0 to 3. Based on the recent changes, here are some recommended programs for you:

  1. Dental Assisting Program - Algonquin College
  2. Admin and Payroll Administration - New Brunswick Community College
  3. Early childhood Education - College of New Caledonia
  4. Heavy Equipment Operators - Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  5. Personal Support Worker - Lethbridge College
  6. Pharmacy Technician - Niagara College
  7. Esthetician Program - Sault College

We can help give you a lot of options to choose from and help you select the program that's right for you. Whether you're interested in business, engineering, or the arts, we have something for everyone. Contact us today to get started! Click here for a free quick assessment>>>

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