Ontario Prepares to Switch to New NOC 2021

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  • September 13, 2022

A media release issued on September 6 states that Ontario is preparing to align the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) with the new National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 system.

Employment Development Canada (EDSC) and Statistics Canada (StatsCan) are already using the new NOC system, while Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will implement it in November.

As a result of this change, occupations that qualify for each stream will be altered under the OINP. As an example, Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that previously required a job offer or work experience in NOC skill types 0, A, or B will now be in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

The amendments state that for the OINP’s Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills stream, previously requiring job offers in select NOC Skill Level C or D occupations, job offers will now be required for select TEER 4 or 5 occupations under NOC 2021. Some occupations under NOC 2021 will have their NOC label changed, which will have an impact on their eligibility for certain streams.”

Statistics Canada and the IRCC have detailed information on the NOC 2021 system. Updates will also be posted on the OINP’s website.

The provincial government is also proposing to require foreign worker applicants to meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 Level or above. According to the province, the new language requirements will align with the program’s objective of promoting employees’ successful integration and it will help protect applicants and the OINP against misrepresentation.

A discussion is also underway concerning the education requirements for the Employer Job Offer International Student stream. According to the Ontario Qualifications Framework, those applying with a certificate of at least one year must meet the criteria of the Ontario College Graduate Certificate. According to the OINP, “This amendment is expected to reduce the burden of applicants with one-year certificates in the International Student stream.”

Last but not least, Ontario wants to change the minimum amount of the OINP’s administrative monetary penalties.

It is possible for the public to view the amendments on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry. The province is accepting feedback on the proposed changes until October 21, 2022.

Impact of NOC 2021 on Express Entry

IRCC is expected to implement NOC 2021 on November 16. Therefore, changes in Express Entry-eligible occupations will impact eligibility for Ontario’s Express Entry-aligned PNPs.

In accordance with the proposed regulatory changes, the following 16 occupations will be eligible for 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

These three occupations are, however, ineligible for Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program:

  • Other performers
  • Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness
  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers, and milliners

In certain PNP streams, the above occupations are still eligible for programs with broader job eligibility requirements.


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