16 new occupations are now eligible for permanent residence
On November 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) switched to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the system moved from the current skill level-based classification to a new TEER classification, standing for Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities. Through this update, 16 occupations can now benefit from expanded pathways to permanent residency.
“We are using all of the tools at our disposal to tackle labour shortages, particularly in key sectors like health care, construction, and transportation. These changes will support Canadians in need of these services, and they will support employers by providing them with a more robust workforce who we can depend on to drive our economy forward into a prosperous future. I’m thrilled to announce expanded pathways to permanent residence in Canada for these in-demand workers.”The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
For those who are not familiar, TEER categories include six levels from 0 to 5. Moreover, TEER category 0 is similar to NOC Type 0. However, the rest of the categories are distinct from skill types. Under NOC 2016, occupations qualify for Express Entry from Skill Level B and above. However, under NOC 2021, TEER 3 and above qualify.
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List of occupations that shifted to TEER 3 and became eligible for Express Entry
- 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-lay 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, also
- Heavy equipment operators, in addition
- Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.
In addition, as part of the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021, some eligible occupations under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) were also affected.
List of occupations that will shift from TEER 4 (NOC C) to TEER 5 (NOC D)
The Atlantic Immigration Program was currently open to occupations at Skill Level C or above within NOC 2016. However, under NOC 2021, the program will be open to occupations at TEER 4 or above. Therefore, the following occupations will become ineligible:
- Pet groomers and animal care workers
- Other support occupations in personal services
- Longshore workers
- Material handlers
- Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
- Delivery service drivers and door-to-door distributors
- Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
- Livestock labourers
- Nursery and greenhouse labourers
- Trappers and hunters
- Food and beverage servers
- Labourers in textile processing and cutting
How do TEER categories affect immigration to Canada?
Many economic immigration options rely on NOC for the selection process. Therefore, replacing NOC Skill Types with TEER Categories affects all of those options. You can read more about the affected programs in the following article:
Find a job title, code and TEER: NOC 2021
You can visit IRCC’s website and use its table to find the NOC 2021 information that best matches your job. You just have to enter your job title or numeric code in the “Filter items” field. Or, you can also go to the NOC website and search for your NOC using the title or numeric code.
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