A National Occupational Classification (NOC) code is a well-established and standardized method to categorize occupations. It is used to record and organize all types of jobs available in the Canadian labour market. Every one of these jobs in the Canadian economy is assigned a four-digit code along with a description of that occupation generated by the system.

NOC codes are used by the federal government to collect labour market information and track employment trends. They are also used by employers when applying for temporary work permits for foreign workers, such as a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The NOC can be defined as the national method for recording all job profiles in Canada. It’s further referred to as the categorization of the complete variety of the course of action in Canada – broad occupational category and skill level.

Broad Occupational Category

There are a total of 10 broad occupational categories. The first digit of most NOC codes identifies the Skill Type of the occupation.

0 – Management occupations
1 – Business, finance, and administration occupations
2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
3 – Health occupations
4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
6 – Sales and service occupations
7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
9 – Occupations in the manufacturing and utility sectors

Skill Level

In the NOC matrix, skills levels are used to represent the kind and/or amount of training/education required for entry into a profession and are represented by letters A to D. The second digit of a unit group's NOC code is generally associated with its skill level.

As we’ve seen till now, you need to understand NOC groups to devise the correct way for your immigration to Canada. The Immigration system of Canada uses its organization of work profiles to determine whether the individual’s experience in a certain field of occupation is that of a skilled worker or not and who meets the eligibility criteria for acquiring a job in Canada, or for a permanent residence application.

The skill level is as follows:

A: Occupations that usually require university education
B: Occupations that usually require college education or apprenticeship training
C: Occupations that usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training
D: Occupations that usually require on-the-job training

What counts as skilled work?

You may only count work experience in one or more of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) categories listed below:

Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations),
Skill Level A (professional occupations) or
Skill Level B (technical occupations and skilled trades)

You cannot count work experience in these National Occupational classifications (NOC) categories:

Skill Level C, or Skill Level D

National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Levels C and D occupations include semi and low-skilled workers.

Uses of NOC

If you’re looking to move to Canada to become a permanent resident, then the NOC is one of the most important factors to keep in mind. Let’s have a look at the different uses of NOC and how it can help move the process of immigration further.

Statistics Canada and Government analysts use the NOC to make policy decisions, design training systems, establish recruitment, and job matching procedures and are responsible for assigning budgets for labour market programs. The Government also use the NOC for the purpose of immigration selection.

The job profiles in Canada are classified according to the individual’s role in a certain company and the occupation responsibilities covered by their job profile, such as their daily obligations toward the business.

As a Canadian Immigration Consultant, I can help you find the right NOC depending on your job profile.