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Major Changes To Canadian Work Experience Assessment

 All aspiring candidates for Canadian Permanent Residence need to be aware of the New TEER:

On November 16, 2022, IRCC will be switching the manner that they assess work experience. IRCC will switch from the previous NOC 2016 Skill Levels to the NOC 2021 structure. This is good news for several occupations which previously were ineligible.


What is the new change?

The current /existing five groups of the NOC system – NOC 0, A, B, C and D will change to six groups under TEER – a new classification system that recognizes an individual’s Training, Education, Experience and Responsibility (TEER):

NOC 2016 NOC 2021
Skill Type 0 TEER 0
Skill Type A TEER 1
Skill Type B TEER 2
Skill Type C TEER 4 (not eligible)
Skill Type D TEER 5 (not eligible)


How to find the new TEER level:

You can search for the NOC 2021 versions that will take affect on November 16, 2021 : and selecting NOC 2021 under the drop down menu for version.

OR type the NOC 2016 to know the corresponding NOC 2021 level:


Impact of these new changes

All applicants who are eligible to apply for Permanent Residence under the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) and Federal Skilled Trades (FST) through EE have occupations that are at Skill Level B or above. With the new changes, the program eligibility cut-off will become TEER 3, which is unlikely to impact the majority of Express Entry (EE) candidates.

However, the occupational changes may impact the eligibility of some EE candidates, who were previously ineligible due to a lack of work experience in a relevant NOC code, due to some professions which currently fall under NOC codes C and D, being raised to TEER 3 under the new system. For example, under the current NOC, you may not qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker program through EE as a truck driver, since this is a Skill Level C (NOC 7511). But with the expected changes in November 2022, you will likely fall under TEER 3 and start to qualify as work experience for EE. This is very good news!

Comprehensive Ranking System score for certain candidates may be affected. Previous work experience, which may have been ineligible may now be counted towards ‘work experience’ and will add up to more points. With the changes expected in November 2022, a candidate may receive additional points for the new occupations based on  previous work experience (personal support worker, payroll administrator, etc.)


Occupations that will become eligible?

It is expected that the following 16 occupations will become eligible for EE in November 2022:

  • Payroll administrators;
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants;
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates; (also known as personal support workers)
  • 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; and
  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors

The new occupations may result in updated requirements for training, education, experience and responsibilities. In addition, the changes in the occupation classification could make certain occupations eligible for other programs. However, the updated requirements and its impact on other programs are not known at this time.


Occupations that will become ineligible

The changes in the occupation classification will result in some occupations becoming ineligible for EE and the Atlantic Immigration Program.

For EE, it is expected that the following occupations will become ineligible in November 2022:

  • other performers;
  • program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness; and
  • tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners


Preparations for the upcoming changes

EE is a very competitive process, especially since the program was paused throughout much of the pandemic. As we know, every point matters! Hence, it is important to maximize an individual’s score to be invited to apply.

If you are currently in the pool for EE, or preparing to enter the pool, you should first do a thorough review of your NOC codes to ensure you have selected the correct codes, and understand the proposed changes under the TEER system, if any. Please contact our experts to assess your eligibility. Our detailed consultations will help you understand the process better. Our experts will speak with you in consultation with our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and let you have an honest and accurate feedback of your profile.

To remain eligible to receive an ITA, your profile must be updated to submit your new TEER 5-digit occupation code on or after November 16, 2022. If you plan to submit a EE profile after November 16, 2022, you must submit your TEER category and the 5-digit code when filing out your profile.



If you plan to submit an Express Entry profile on or after November 16, 2022, you must

If you have already submitted a profile, but have not been sent an invitation to apply (ITA), you must

We understand how overwhelming this can be! Please contact us for the latest updates and allow us to assist you with your application for Canadian Permanent Residence. We take great pride in having assisted tens of thousands of successful applicants and are happy to hand-hold each of our clients through this complicated process.