It is the occupation classification system in Canada used to provide a systematic classification structure for collecting, evaluating, and disseminating occupational data for labor market information and employment-related program administration in Canada.
The fundamental basis of NOC classification is the type of job done. Job titles are identified and organized based on the tasks, activities, employment requirements, and obligations associated with each occupation. About 30,000 job titles are organized into 500 unit groups in the NOC, which are divided now divided into TEER levels (i.e. TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, TEER 3, TEER 4, TEER 5) and ten broad occupational categories.
Earlier (NOC version 2016.3) instead of TEER Levels, occupation codes are divided into skill levels i.e. “0”, “A”, “B”, “C” & “D”.
On September 21st,2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada released the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for data collection purposes, with the implementation process expected to begin in late 2022.
NOC Classification Criteria (NOC version 2021.0)
The following are the two key characteristics that are utilized as classification criteria:
• Broad occupational category, and
• TEER (Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities) Level
Broad Occupational Category represents the sort of job performed, the topic of study, or the industry of employment. This is represented by the first digit of a five digit NOC code i.e.
• 0 – Legislative and senior 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 manufacturing and utilities
TEER Level represents a comprehensive collection of education, training, and professional experience, as well as the complexity of the job’s tasks and responsibilities. This is represented by the second digit of a NOC code i.e.
• 0 – TEER 0
• 1 – TEER 1
• 2 – TEER 2
• 3 – TEER 3
• 4 – TEER 4
• 5 – TEER 5
For Express Entry profile and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) TEER Levels, including TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, TEER 3, will be considered for skilled employees wanting to submit their applications.
For the Concordance table, for the NOC 2021, you can visit