The term “NOC” is short for the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Many of Canada’s immigration programs use it to decide if a job, or type of work experience, is valid for that program’s criteria. For instance, if a person wants to apply as a skilled worker they should check the NOC to see which jobs are considered “skilled” (NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B).
The job information is broken down into a number of groups. For immigration purposes, the main groups are:
- Skill Type 0 (zero) – management jobs.
- examples: restaurant managers, mine managers, shore captains (fishing)
- Skill Level A — professional jobs. People usually need a degree from a university for these jobs.
- examples: doctors, dentists, architects
- Skill Level B — technical jobs and skilled trades. People usually need a college diploma or to train as an apprentice to do these jobs.
- examples: chefs, electricians, plumbers
- Skill Level C — intermediate jobs. These jobs usually need high school and/or job-specific training.
- examples: long-haul truck drivers, butchers, food and beverage servers
- Skill Level D — labour jobs. On-the-job training is usually given.
- examples: cleaning staff, oil field workers, fruit pickers
If your job is skill level C or D:
- you may be able to come to Canada as a provincial nominee, as long as it is not in a program for skilled workers, or
- you may be able to work here for up to two years.
This page was last updated: August 3rd., 2016.