Yes, you can get PR with work experience in a job that is classified under NOC C or D.
There are many options to immigrate to Canada if you work in a NOC C or D occupation. One of the functions of economic immigration is to fill gaps in the Canadian labor market. When industries and regions have difficulty finding workers, they turn to immigration.
Canada currently uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to determine an occupation’s skill level. In late 2022, it will switch to the Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) system.
For a while, Canada focused immigration efforts on NOC 0, A, and B occupations. NOC 0 includes management jobs, NOC A is for jobs that call for a university degree, and NOC B includes trades and professions that usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training.
The Express Entry system is the primary way Canada welcomes economic-class immigrants. However, the programs managed by Express Entry are only for workers in NOC 0, A, and B occupations.
However, several immigration programs are primarily concerned with filling labor shortages, including occupations classified under NOC C and D. In recent years, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have been focusing on NOC C and D immigration applicants. This was seen in the Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR to PR) pathways, which the Canadian government created to help admit immigrants during the pandemic.
NOC C occupations may require a high school diploma, while NOC D occupations generally call for on-the-job training. Some examples of NOC C occupations include butchers, truck drivers, and servers, while NOC D occupations include fruit pickers, cleaning staff, and oil field workers.
Without further ado, here are some of the pathways to permanent residence for people with job offers and work experience in NOC C and D.
Provincial Nominee Program
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allowed Canadian provinces and territories to make their own immigration programs tailored to their economic and population growth strategies. The PNP includes most of Canada’s provinces and territories, except Quebec and Nunavut.
The participating provinces have programs that offer pathways for applicants who work in NOC C and D occupations. Here is a list with links to descriptions of each of these programs.
BC Skills Immigration Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Category
- Alberta Opportunity Stream
- Saskatchewan Experience Category
- Saskatchewan Hard-to-Fill Skills Pilot (coming soon)
- Manitoba Skilled Worker Stream
- Ontario Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills
- Nova Scotia Occupations in Demand
- New Brunswick Skilled Worker with Employer Support
- Prince Edward Island Labor Impact Category Critical Worker Stream
- Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker Category
- Yukon Critical Impact Worker
- Northwest Territories Employer-Driven Entry Level/Semi-Skilled Occupations