NOC 31203 Occupational therapists
Canada is making some significant changes to its Immigration National Occupation Classification system.
The current NOC List is currently being updated. As a result, the details for NOC 3143 Occupational therapists has changed to the following:
NOC 3143 has become Noc 31203
NOC 31203 replaces NOC 3143 for the job title of Occupational therapists
Will this change affect me?
The new 2021 NOC codes will likely impact Express Entry and PNP candidates, especially those with occupations previously at NOC Skill Level B.
Occupational therapists applicants need to identify which occupation, or NOC code, their work falls under. Making the correct choice of NOC is therefore a vital part of a successful Canadian Immigration project.
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Why has NOC 3143 changed to NOC 31203?
Every seven to ten years Canadian Immigration adjusts the National Occupation Classification Code to reflect changes in immigration and the economy. It also reflects the broader needs of employers and the overall nature of work in Canada. The NOC is developed and maintained between Statistics Canada (STC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
In 2021 a new National Occupation Code index was announced. This new 2021 NOC List replaces all previous versions of the Canadian NOC List.
The old Skill Levels were based on four categories; Skill Level A, B, C, D.
These have been replaced with levels of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibility (TEER).
Every NOC Code and Occupation now has a TEER level for Immigration purposes rather than one of the traditional Skill Levels.
What’s changed for the job title Occupational therapists?
The old NOC structure (NOC 2016) for NOC 3143 was categorized based on Skill Level. Level.
The old level of 3143 Occupational therapists “has skill Level A: University degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate) is required”.
The new NOC structure for Occupational therapists uses the NOC Code 31203 and the Skill requirement of “Completion of a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate) or Previous experience and expertise in subject matter knowledge from a related occupation found in TEER 2 (when applicable).”
NOC 31203 Summary
NOC 31203 was previously 3143
The job title for both 31203 and 3143 is now Occupational therapists
The TEER level for 31203 is “Completion of a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate) or Previous experience and expertise in subject matter knowledge from a related occupation found in TEER 2 (when applicable).”
The level of demand in Canada for the role remains Exceptional
Canada Visa Options for NOC 31203
There are a number of Canada Visa options for NOC 3143. These include:
Federal Skilled Visas
Canadian Experience Class
Is NOC 31203 in demand in Canada
This means that currently, according to Statistics Canada, the role of Occupational therapists in Canada currently has more jobs advertised than available candidates. It is anticipated that over the next 18 to 24 months the Canadian Skills shortage for the National Occupation Code 31203 will be filled by highly skilled and motivated newcomers to Canada.