About the Occupational and Skills Information System (OaSIS)

To address the gap that currently exists in occupational and competency-related information in Canada and to standardize the language, collection and dissemination of information, Employment and Social Development Canada has developed a database that links competencies to occupations. The development of this database draws on best practices and the lessons learned from various international examples, including the American O*NET system, and has been adapted to meet the needs of a Canadian user base. The OaSIS expands the 516 National Occupational Classification (NOC) unit groups by offering occupational information for 900 occupational profiles.

The goal of the OaSIS is to provide meaningful information on occupations and associated competencies to a wide variety of Canadian users including youth, students, the unemployed, workers wanting to re-skill or up-skill, career and employment counsellors, employers, education and training providers, programs, and governments.

OaSIS drew from O*NET data to come up with ratings for descriptors associated with each OaSIS profile. As such, it is important to note that OaSIS profiles include information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA. Employment and Social Development Canada has modified all or some of this information. USDOL/ETA has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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