SOURCE: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has announced the implementation of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 for immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system. The NOC system is used to track and classify all jobs in the Canadian labor market and is updated to reflect changes in the economy and in the nature of work
The use of the new NOC categories will allow Canada to bring in global talent in high-demand sectors such as healthcare, construction and transportation, expanding pathways to permanent residency for temporary workers and international students, as more jobs will be eligible for Express Entry and will benefit from obtaining 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
“NOC 2021 is welcome news for Canadian employers, for newcomers to Canada ready to take on the jobs they are qualified for, and for a newly eligible group of workers who will now have an Express Entry path to permanent residency available to them. With these changes, we are better positioned to tackle labour shortages proactively and grow our economy with a stronger, skilled workforce.”
–The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
“The Canadian Support Workers Association (CANSWA) applauds this move to help ease the shortage of personal support workers in our health care system. Personal support workers provide the majority of the bedside nursing care to vulnerable Canadians across our nation and are in desperate need of assistance to ensure that basic patient care can be delivered. The CANSWA and our members welcome the help from these new Canadians and hope they find a rewarding new life in their new home.”
–Miranda Ferrier, CEO Canadian Support Workers Association
“Every sector of the Canadian economy relies on the trucking industry. Today’s announcement by Minister Fraser will help secure supply chains—from agriculture to manufacturing—by providing trucking companies access to an international workforce that was not previously available to our sector.”
–Stephen Laskowski, President of Canadian Trucking Alliance
Foreign nationals with work experience in the following 16 occupations are now eligible to apply through 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-law 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
- Heavy equipment operators
- Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
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