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Posted on May 30 2022

Canada Express Entry eligibility to see the inclusion of more job categories

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

News highlights

  • New occupational categories join the eligibility criteria for Canada Express Entry
  • The transition of skill level classification to move to TEER from NOC
  • New changes coming to Canada Express Entry

In the latest update, a list of jobs will be added to the list of occupations that will be eligible to be considered to qualify for Canada Express Entry applications. These inclusions have been made following a ministerial memorandum that was passed on February 21, 2022.

The transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021 will be completed in November 2022 by the IRCC. With this activity, the current NOC system will transition to the new TEER system of classification of occupations. TEER stands for Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities.

Note: The prevalent Skill Type 0, as well as Skill Levels A to D, don’t directly correspond to the TEER levels 0 to 5.

Equivalents between NOC levels and TEER levels

NOC 2016

NOC 2021

Skill Type 0

Skill Level A


Skill Level B



Skill Level C


Skill Level D


In the 2016 NOC system, qualification for Canada Express Entry started from skill level B. In the 2021 NOC system, which is TEER, you will qualify if you belong to TEER 3 or more.

The following are the occupations that will be added under the new system:

New occupations NOC code
Payroll administrators 1432
Dental Assistants and Dental Laboratory Assistants 3223
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 3413
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants 33103
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants 4413
Sheriffs and bailiffs 4421
Correctional service officers 4422
By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers 4423
Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations 6562
Residential and commercial installers and servicers 7441
Pest controllers and fumigators 7444
Other repairers and servicers 7445
Transport truck drivers 7511
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators 7512
Heavy equipment operators 7521
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors 9521

Among the occupations that will become ineligible in the process include:

  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers, and milliners
  • Recreation, Sports & Fitness Program Leaders, and Instructors
  • Other performers

The effect on Atlantic Immigration Program

As the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021 happens, the effect of the new arrangement will reflect on the Atlantic Immigration Program. As of now, AIP is open to occupations of skill level C at the minimum. This will change to TEER 4 or higher with NOC 2021.

As a result, the following occupations are set to become ineligible:

  • Taxi and limousine drivers and drivers
  • Livestock workers
  • Food and beverage servers
  • Tank tops
  • Delivery drivers and door-to-door distributors
  • Nursery and greenhouse workers
  • Workers in the processing and cutting of textiles
  • Handlers
  • Boat and cable ferry operators and related workers
  • Trappers and hunters
  • Other Support Personnel in Personal Services

More changes to Canada Express Entry

There are amendments to Canada Express Entry proposed as part of Bill C-19. The amendments will give the Canadian Minister of Immigration more flexibility as to deciding who will be eligible to be issued invitations from the Canada Express Entry pool.

The Minister of Immigration will be empowered to identify a specific economic objective and issue invitations to candidates capable of contributing to the achievement of this objective. It will be based on factors such as education, work experience, and language proficiency.

With this move, draws can be held targeting specific NOC codes.

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