Ontario immigration is preparing to switch to the new NOC 2021

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Ontario immigration is preparing to switch to the new NOC 2021

The OINP has begun public consultations on the implementation of NOC 2021, as well as updates to the language, and education criteria for certain Employer Job Offer streams.

Ontario is preparing to align the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) with the new National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 system, according to a September 6 media release.

For example, Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) which previously required a job offer or work experience in NOC skill types 0, A, or B will instead fall within TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.

In-Demand Skills stream which previously required a job offer in select NOC Skill Level C or D occupations, the stream will now require job offers in select TEER 4 or 5 occupations under NOC 2021,” the amendments say. “Under NOC 2021 some occupations will be changing NOC labels and this will have an impact on which streams they are eligible for.”

Ontario is also proposing to require Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker stream applicants to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 Level or above. The province says adding the new language criteria would align with “the program’s interest in promoting employees’ successful integration and is expected to better protect applicants and the OINP against misrepresentation and other program integrity concerns.” The OINP says, “This amendment is expected to offer clarity and reduce burdens for International Student stream applicants applying with one year certificates.”

NOC 2021 to affect Express Entry eligibility

IRCC is expected to implement NOC 2021 on November 16. The change in Express Entry-eligible occupations will consequently impact eligibility to Ontario’s Express Entry-aligned PNPs.

The following 16 occupations will become eligible for Express Entry through the proposed regulatory alterations:

  • 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

Conversely, these three occupations will hereby become ineligible specifically through Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program:

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

The above occupations will remain eligible in other programs with broader job eligibility requirements, such as certain PNP streams.

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