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The Impact of Changes to the National Occupational Classification (NOC) on Express Entry Applicants

Changes In Occupational Eligibility Expected for Express Entry

Today, in this blog we are going to share with you the latest updates about the new occupational eligibility changes in Express Entry.

The Canadian government has said that it is working to bring immigrants who have the skills required for the country’s economy to help fulfil acute labour shortages.

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada, Sean Fraser has notified the execution of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for immigration programs monitored by the Express Entry system. With the help of the new NOC categories, Canada can bring talent from worldwide in sectors with high demand like construction, health care, and transportation.




Transport truck drivers, nurse aides, elementary and secondary school teacher assistants, hospital attendants, and long-term care aides are some of the new occupations added to the Express Entry system.

The function of the NOC system is to monitor and categorize the Canadian labour market jobs. It is updated to demonstrate the changes related to work and the economy. The changes in the NOC system assist the Minister’s dedication to open pathways to permanent residency for international students and temporary workers, as more jobs will be eligible for Express Entry monitored programs. This program will benefit 16 new occupations that were not eligible earlier, by increasing tracks to permanent residency.




The following 16 new occupations are now eligible to apply for foreign nationals through Express Entry:

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

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