Federal Skilled Worker Program and the NOC

The new Federal Skilled Worker Program begins accepting applications as of May 4, 2013 and this is good news for immigrants who are looking for speedy ways into Canada for work. The new application process should only take one year.

“We will not be able to remain competitive and attract the skilled immigrants we need if we allow backlogs and wait times to grow again,” Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney said in a recent press release, adding that this will “Transition nicely into the just-in-time immigration system of the future.”

Just-in-time should not be interpreted as a negative phrase; instead it indicates a concept that has its origins in business management. Just-in-time systems are useful because there are no relative wait times and resources and goods are available as soon as they are needed.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada previously released a backgrounder which outlined some aspects of the new program.

There are 24 different eligible occupations that immigrants can apply for with a cap of 300 applications for each of those occupations.

A total cap for the immigration program is set at 5,000 new applications per year.

In order to immigrate on this program, people must be able to show that they have the education required to take the job and are sufficiently proficient in English or French.

The CIC requires that FSWP workers meet the Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 for speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension.

Eligible Occupations

Eligible occupations have an accompanying number called an NOC classification code. This code will help you figure out the skill sets and education necessary to get a job in that particular field.

The eligible occupations and their corresponding NOC numbers are:

  • · 0211, Engineering managers
  • · 1112, Financial and investment analysts
  • · 2113, Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • · 2131, Civil engineersNOC
  • · 2132, Mechanical engineers
  • · 2134, Chemical engineers
  • · 2143, Mining engineers
  • · 2144, Geological engineers
  • · 2145, Petroleum engineers
  • · 2146, Aerospace engineers
  • · 2147, Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
  • · 2154, Land surveyors
  • · 2174, Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • · 2243, Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • · 2263, Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  • · 3141, Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • · 3142, Physiotherapists
  • · 3143, Occupational Therapists
  • · 3211, Medical laboratory technologists
  • · 3212, Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • · 3214, Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • · 3215, Medical radiation technologists
  • · 3216, Medical sonographers
  • · 3217, Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists

Educational Evaluators

An educational credential assessment will take place confirming that the applying immigrant has the skills and education necessary to take the job in Canada.

The four organizations are the Comparative Education Service, the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada, World Education Services and the Medical Council of Canada.

Applying immigrants may be assessed by one or all of these organizations before immigrating.