Canada announces 2,000 additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program

Canada announces 2,000 additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program

Earlier this week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced it was opening up an additional 2000 spaces under the Provincial Nominee Programs for foreign workers currently in Canada filling long-term labour market needs in semi-skilled positions.

This is great news for intermediate skilled professionals, which usually require high school education and job-specific training. This new allocation of 2000 additional spaces are designed to immediately benefit those already in Canada filling current long-term labour market needs. The Government of Canada is committed to providing NOC “C”skill level individuals the ability to transition to permanent residence. The Government also seeks to help address foreign worker vulnerability with this new allotment.

This announcement is part of Canada’s larger initiative to accept over one million permanent residents to Canada in the next three years (2019-2021)as outlined in its“Immigration Levels Plan”.On October 31, 2018, Canada confirmed that it intends to increase the number of permanent residents accepted under the 2019 Provincial Nominee Program targets to 61,000.

How Does the National Occupation Classification System Work? 

The National Occupation Classification System (the NOC) is the way the Government of Canada seeks to classify all of the jobs in Canada. There are over 500 unit. Groups and over 30,000 Job Titles. Each job is given a four-digit code. It is broken down skill type as well as skill level. Skill Types are based on the type of work performed whereas Skill Levels correspond to the type and/or amount of training or education typically required to work in an occupation.

  • High-skilled positions fall under NOC Skill Types 00, 0 or Skill Types A and B.
  • Intermediate skilled positions fall under NOC C
  • Semi-skilled positions fall under NOC D
NOC Skill Type or Level Main Job Group Examples
Skill Type: Major Group 00 Senior Managerial or Executive Positions – Upper Management Chief Executive Officer; Vice President
Skill Type: Major Group 0 Managerial Positions –Middle Management Restaurant Manager, Mine Manager, Financial Managers, Engineering Managers
Skill Level Type A Professional Jobs (usually require a university degree) Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, Dentist, Architect, Software Engineers, Accountant
Skill Level Type B Technical Jobs and Skilled Trades (Usually require a college diploma or training as an apprentice) Supervisors, Human Resources officers, Chefs, Plumbers, Electricians, Computer network technicians, user support technicians.
Skill Level Type C Intermediate Jobs that usually call for high-school and/or job-specific training Long-Haul truck drivers, food and beverage servers, general office workers, retail salespersons
Skill Level Type D Labour Jobs (usually provide on-the-job training) Cleaning Staff, oil field workers, Food counter attendants.

What are the NOC “C” Positions?

Examples of NOC Positions include some of the following intermediate skilled positions:

  • Payroll Administrators
  • Data entry clerks
  • Receptionists
  • Long-Haul truck drivers
  • Dental assistants
  • Nurse aids, orderlies and patient service associates
  • Home child care providers

Foreign nationals in these positions are able to find pathways to permanent residence through the Provincial Nominee Programs with this new and exciting allotment by the federal government. A full list can be found by narrowing your search of the NOC website to skill-level C positions.

How will I know if my NOC “C” Position will Qualify for Permanent Residence?

Under the Provincial Nominee Programs, provinces across Canada can provide a pathway to permanent residence to those who will meet the province’s specific labour market needs, as well as the province’s economic development needs. Therefore, participating provinces have considerable control over the ultimate design, management and evaluation methods used for their programs. Participating provinces will focus on their own regional labour market needs in its key sectors to determine how their allocation should be utilized. Therefore, Dhillon Immigration Law is eagerly waiting to see how each participating province will introduce the NOC Stream.

Ontario’s popular Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has already confirmed that it has been allocated an additional 250 nominations specifically for those temporary foreign workers in NOC skill level C positions. You can read the news release on the OINP’s Program Updates page.

To see Canada’s full announcement, please visit the New Release on IRCC’s website.

Interested in working or living in Canada?contact Dhillon Immigration Law today and we can help you determine the best path forward based on your unique applicant profile and immigration goals.

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