Last Updated on February 9, 2012 by Steven Meurrens

Many people have been wondering whether the release of the new National Occupational Classification (“NOC”) will have an impact on future Federal Skilled Worker Program (“FSWP”) applications.  One of the FSWP streams provides that someone can immigrate to Canada if they have experience in one of 29 occupations under the 2006 NOC list.  Now that the 2006 NOC list has been replaced with the 2011 NOC list, with occupations being added, removed, and edited, the inevitable question of how this would impact the FSWP arose.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has posted the following its website:

On January 31, 2012, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Statistics Canada replaced the 2006 edition of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) with a 2011 version. For the purposes of the Federal Skilled Worker Program list of eligible occupations, new applicants are advised to refer to the HRSDC website for the latest job descriptions and duties for each NOC.


CIC will assess FSW applications received at the Centralized Intake Office before January 31, 2012 according to the old NOC system as they were the conditions under which the candidate applied.


CIC is examining the impact the NOC changes will have on immigration programs and will publish updates as soon as they become available.

So as of writing the answer is clear: no one knows yet.