The National Occupational Classification System

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

Much of Canada’s immigration system is based on Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (“Service Canada’s“) National Occupational Classification (“NOC“) system.  Economic class applicants generally need to understand the NOC system because the success of their applications will depend on them demonstrating that they have qualifying experience or pre-arranged employment in certain NOCs.  Employers submitting Labour … Read More

Temporary Foreign Workers to Canada by Year and Job

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

The debate over temporary foreign workers is back in the news.  I have received a copy of the results of an Access to Information and Privacy Act request which shows the breakdown of admittance of foreign worker by year and occupation.  (I am not publishing this document on my blog, however, if you want a copy feel … Read More

Temporary Foreign Workers do not Deflate Average Wages (Updated)

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

On April 20, 2011, the Vancouver Sun published an article by David Green titled “Are there too many Foreign Workers?” The article notes that from 2004 to 2008, the number of Temporary Foreign Workers admitted to Canada increased from 112,543 to 192,281.  (In 2010 the number was 182,322.) I take issue with numerous aspects of … Read More

The Federal Skilled Worker NOC List

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

As part of its recent changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (“FSWP“), the government has changed which National Occupational Classification (“NOC“) categories are eligible under the program. In short, the FSWP requires that a prospective immigrant either have a job offer or sufficient experience in a designated NOC occupation. These are typically occupations of … Read More