Welcome to the National Occupational Classification 2016

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The NOC 2011 Web site and the NOC 2006 Web site are also available.


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The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada providing a standard taxonomy and framework for dialogue on Labour Market Information. It gathers more than 30,000 occupational titles into 500 Unit Groups, organized according to skill levels and skill types.

Ongoing research and updates to the NOC ensure that it continues to reflect occupational changes in the Labour Market. The NOC 2016 revision brought changes to 314 NOC occupational Unit Groups, added 204 new occupational titles, and modified another 21 titles in English. The review of the classification structure was not part of this revision.

Introduction and Overview of changes


NOC research and development


The NOC 2016 structure is identical to that of the NOC 2011. Additional background information on the NOC can be found on the following Websites:


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For information about the wide range of services and data available from Statistics Canada, please visit the Statistics Canada Web site at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/concepts/occupation-profession-eng.htm or contact them by email at Infostats@statcan.gc.ca.