What exactly is Canada Fresh National Occupational Classification 2014?

The National Occupational Classification 2014, commonly referred as NOC, provides a standardized language for describing the details of the work performed by Canadians and foreign nationals in the local labor market. Under the single classified code, it provides career counselors, labor market analysts, statisticians to recruiters and individual job seekers a dependable and reliable method to gather the required data, and explain and identify with the nature of work.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is used for extracting practical career planning information, managing information database, defining and collecting statistics, and analyzing the labor market trends. On the basis of the five years Census cycles, the inventory of NOC is developed and updated, in collaborations with Statistics Canada. And, it is based on the extensive occupational research and consultations conducted throughout the nation reflecting the evolution of the local labor market.

Under the fresh National Occupational Classification list 2014, there are four skill levels. Beginning with the Level A, occupations usually requires university degree followed by Level B that requires college or vocation training, thereafter Level C that requires secondary school or occupation specific training, and lastly Level D under which only the job training is required, and the most senior managerial occupations are mentioned under Level 0, considered as skilled occupations.

It might be possible that no level of education may be required for them. Normally, professions recognized by the federal and provincial government for the Skilled Workers categories that fall under levels 0, A and B are to be considered.

As per the official website of the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada), by May 1, 2014 the cap of 8000 under the Canadian Experience class and sub-caps of 200 for National Occupational Classification B applications was imposed as the cap has been reached and no more fresh applications will be entertained. Fresh applications will only be considered post January 2015.

In the year 2014, work experience in the following National Occupation Classification (NOC) B occupations will not be entertained in the CEC, and only 200 applications will be entertained per occupation, and once a total number of 8000 petitions are received, no fresh submission will be accepted even if the cap has not been filled for the respective occupation:-

  • Cooks (NOC 6322)
  • Food service supervisors (NOC 6311)
  • Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
  • Administrative assistants (NOC 1241)
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
  • Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211)

The CIC and the provincial nominee offices use the NOC list in their immigration programs. They generally use the list to identify the occupations highly in demand in Canada, and assess the skill level required under the respective immigration program, and evaluate the applicant’s education and experience while assessing their immigration applications.

In order to determine the skills required for a specific occupation, under the list, you can view the complete NOC Code at the Government of Canada’s Human Resources and Skills Development website

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