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Choosing An NOC Code for Canadian Immigration

The NOC Code. The National Occupational Classification is a system that gives a 4-digit code and description of jobs to each and every occupation in the labour markets of Canada. This system is recognized all over the country and this is used by the IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to assess your experience of work.

Canada NOC Codes

JOB TITLE(S)NOC CODE (2016)WHAT THEY DONOC CODE (2021)SKILL LEVEL/TYPE
Legislators0011Legislators participate in the activities of a federal, provincial, territorial or local government legislative body or executive council, band council or school board as elected or appointed members.00010Level - 0
Senior government managers and officials0012Senior government managers and officials plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through middle managers, the major activities of municipal or regional governments or of provincial, territorial or federal departments, boards, agencies or commissions. They establish the direction to be taken by these organizations in accordance with legislation and policies made by elected representatives or legislative bodies.00011Level - 0
Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services0013Senior managers in financial, communications and other business services are usually appointed by a board of directors, to which they report. They work either alone or in conjunction with the board of directors to develop and establish objectives for the company, and to develop or approve policies and programs. They plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through middle managers, the operations of their organization in relation to established objectives. They work in establishments throughout the telecommunications, finance, insurance, real estate, and data processing, hosting and related services industries as well as other business service industries or they may own and operate their own business.00012Level - 0
Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations0014Senior managers in health, education, social and community services and membership organizations plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through middle managers, membership and other organizations or institutions that deliver health, education, social or community services. They formulate policies which establish the direction to be taken by these organizations, either alone or in conjunction with a board of directors. They are employed in health care organizations, educational services, social and community services and membership organizations or they may own and operate their own business.00013Level - 0
Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.0015Senior managers in trade, broadcasting and other customer services plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through middle managers, trade, broadcasting and other service industry companies. They formulate policies which establish the direction to be taken by these companies, either alone or in conjunction with a board of directors. They work in establishments in broadcasting and related media services, wholesale trade, retail trade, accommodation and food service, and other services not elsewhere classified or they may own and operate their own business.00014Level - 0

The NOC Code is a distinct code of four digits that is assigned to every occupation in the labor market of Canada. In other words, it is a system of sorting jobs in the country on the basis of education requirements, skills required for the job and field. This system helps the government in identifying the jobs that have skill shortages and thus plan to improve the economy of Canada.

When you need an NOC Code

Prior to submitting your application for immigration, you can claim NOC Code.

When you are applying for immigration, choosing the appropriate NOC code is very crucial. It doesn’t matter whether you have applied through the express entry or under any Provincial Nomination Programs. Select the correct NOC to get through the application procedure.

The NOC Code that you choose should match with your experience; else your application will be rejected. The visa officer will neither ask you to clarify nor lets you choose the code. So ensure that the NOC Code you choose will match with the work experience. And do not forget to have the documents for proof!

Each NOC code will be associated with:

  • Job title
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead statement