Canada’s immigration department has decided to make long-overdue changes to the process used to classify occupations. The new system is expected to be in effect beginning the fall of 2022. Will the new changes make it easier for immigrants or the contrary? Let’s find out.
Sources speculate that the new changes are expected to affect foreign workers and economic class applicants. The Canadian Government has not fully disclosed the full extent of impact we should expect applicants to face.
If you are not familiar with the system, Canada’s NOC system is used to categorize occupations for its labor market effectively. NOC stands for National Occupation Classification. Canada’s labor market changes invariably depending on external and internal factors. Because of these changes, the Canadian government reviews the NOC system every year. Every five years, the system is fine-tuned to suit the needs of the labor market better. Once a decade, the government will give the system a complete overhaul, which is expected to happen in 2022. The last time the NOC got a significant overhaul was in 2011.
How is the NOC beneficial to Canada?
Both federal and provincial governments use a national occupation classification to manage the ever-growing workforce. Canada has skilled workforce immigration and temporary Foreign Worker Program categories. The NOC stipulates standards that applicants from both these categories must meet to qualify.
Applicants who get accepted for the Express Entry program get better jobs compared to other programs. In turn, the program requires exceptionally qualified personnel and the program selects a chosen few to fill the ranks. Under the express entry program, applicants should prove that they qualify for one of the following areas.
NOC 0- This code represents jobs that are managerial and high paying in nature
NOC A- Type A jobs are that typically require a degree. A bachelor’s degree or a master’s will surface
NOC B- These types of jobs require the applicant to have a college diploma or training from an expert as an apprentice
Different Departments That Use The NOC System
The department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Using the NOC 2016 allows this department to vet the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applicants.