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The NOC List is changing. What it means for Boat Builders

Updated: Nov 5, 2022

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) list is a coding system for occupations in the Canadian labour market. According to the website, you can search the NOC list "to find where an occupation is classified or to learn about its main duties, educational requirements or other useful information." It also is used to help the immigration process when a person comes to Canada to work in a particular job.

After November 16, 2022, the new NOC classification is TEER categories. Jobs will be coded differently, and this will have implications for immigration candidates in the boatbuilding and repair industry.

The NOC is a joint project between Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada. It classifies over 30,000 occupational titles into 500 Unit Groups, organized according to 5 skill levels and 10 skill types.

Skill Types

0 - Management occupations

1 - Business, finance and administration occupations

2 - Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

3 - Health occupations

4 - Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services

5 - Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

6 - Sales and service occupations

7 - Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

8 - Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

9 - Occupations in manufacturing and utility

The old system organized jobs' skill type as follows:

Skill Levels

NOC 0: Management jobs

NOC A: Jobs that tend to require university degrees

NOC B: Jobs in the skilled trades or that require a college diploma

NOC C: Jobs that require intermediate skills or job-specific training

NOC D: Labour jobs that require on-the-job training

The new system, coming into effect November 16 2022, uses the "TEER" (Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities) model.

What it means for the Boat Builder and Marine Service Technician Trades

The NOC list change will also change immigration classifications. 16 new professions will be added to the list, and three categories will be eliminated. 12 categories will be eliminated from the Atlantic Immigration Program, such as animal care workers, longshore workers and material handlers.

The new system promises more recognition of work experience rather than only formal qualifications, so some people with an apprenticeship in progress, or several years of experience, may qualify for classification depending on exactly what they've done.

Boat Builder and Marine Service Technician are both provincially-designated skilled trades and currently are accommodated under NOC B for immigration. The current NOC code "9531 Boat assemblers and inspectors" will become more generic: "94219 Other product assemblers, finishers, and inspectors".

In the TEER model, apprentice and certified Boat Builders and Marine Service Technicians will be in TEER 2 and TEER 3. They will continue to be eligible for federal and provincial immigration pathways. The qualification of an apprentice will be decided by the licensing body. NSBA administers the provincial apprenticeship programs for Boat Builders and Marine Service Technicians in partnership with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

Other changes to the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are expected to come in the near future.

For any questions about the new NOC system or immigration, email the NSBA's Diversity and Inclusion coordinator Rohan Christian at


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