IRCC will implement the new TEER system NOC 2021 this week

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IRCC will implement the new TEER system NOC 2021 this week

On November 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will update the National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021, to include the Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system. The NOC is revised every ten years to keep up with the changing Canadian labor market. This newest revision provides a new framework for classifying occupations by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada. The only impact this change will have, is administrative, as there will be no changes to advertising or delivery of the immigration programs.


Some of the major changes coming with NOC 2021 are:

NOC 2021 is a new categorization that reflects the knowledge and skills gained by employees through their on-the-job experience. As such, this new classification follows the difference between formal education and what people have learned through life’s real-world experiences.

The NOC 2021 has been updated as compared to NOC 2016, introducing TEER levels. TEER 0 is the highest level and TEER 5 is the lowest. 


TEER 0: 

This category includes occupations related to the legislature and staff leadership roles, as well as senior-level occupations with significant responsibility for directing, resource allocation, and management.

TEER 1: 

Traditionally, this category would require a college/university degree or some prior experience in the subject matter. Some relevant work experience is listed under TEER 2.

TEER 2: 

The following occupations demand at least two to three years of post-secondary education or two years of apprenticeship training. However, some positions do not require formal education, such as plumbers, engineers, and carpenters.


This category includes occupations requiring less than two years of post-secondary education, on-the-job training, training courses or work experience for more than six months.


If a job requires a high school degree or if there is no formal education requirement, it falls under TEER 4. Applicants who have several years of experience in this category may qualify for TEER 3.



This category is for people who don’t need any formal education to enter.


  Programs that are affected by NOC 2021

  • Express Entry programs: CEC, FSWP, and FSTP.
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
  • Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).
  • Caregivers Programs.
  • The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
  • International Mobility Program (IMP).


How will NOC 2021 affect Express Entry candidates?

Changes to the NOC system will impact any newcomer who is waiting for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

The NOC system is primarily structural, and most incoming immigration applicants will not be adversely affected. However, officials said that some Express Entry applicants may still be impacted.

If you’re going to create an Express Entry profile, you’ll need to list the NOC codes of your previous jobs. The classification of occupations will change with the switch to NOC 2021, so you’ll need to provide your updated NOC 2021 codes on your profile. If you already have an active Express Entry profile but haven’t applied for immigration yet, don’t forget to update it as well with the new NOC codes for your prior jobs.


Previously, only individuals with a skill level of B or above were eligible for Express Entry. However, due to the new NOC 2021 classification system, TEER 3 will be enough for eligibility. This change will result in 16 new occupations becoming eligible and three becoming ineligible.


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