Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011

July 30, 2013 (Previous notice)

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is currently being updated. The updated NOC will be available in 2016.

At this time, Statistics Canada is soliciting input from data producers and data users to ensure their needs continue to be met by NOC, and from individuals, user groups, industry representatives and occupational experts to ensure that the descriptive information contained in the NOC remains current. Proposals for changes to NOC should be submitted to standards-normes@statcan.gc.ca. Guidelines for submissions are presented below to assist you in providing your input.

Input is requested by January 15, 2014 but will be accepted until June 30, 2014. Decisions on proposed updates will be made between April 2014 and April 2015, jointly with Employment and Social Development Canada. To enable us to fully consider your suggestions in time for inclusion in this update, please send them early in the consultation period. You may send more than one submission, if that enables you to comment earlier.


This is an update of the classification only. It is not a revision. Accordingly, no new unit groups will be added; no unit groups will be moved within the classification; no unit groups will be merged and no content will be moved between unit groups.

Updates that will be considered include:

  • Suggestions of new job titles to be added. When making such proposals, please suggest to which existing NOC unit group the title should be added. Please also include any information available concerning the duties/tasks performed by persons with that job title and the education, training or other qualifications they may need.
  • Proposals for updating occupational unit group definitions.
  • Proposed updates to the Main duties listed for a particular occupational unit group. These may, for example, be new or changed duties arising from technological change or from change in the scope of activities performed in the occupation.
  • Proposed updates to the Employment Requirements for a particular occupational unit group. Please include any available supporting information, such as information on new training programs.
  • Proposed updates to the Additional information section of a particular occupational unit group.

Proposals should include supporting information on the rationale for the change suggested.
Submissions may be in either official language. They should contain contact information to allow follow up with the submitter to obtain further information or clarification, if required.

NOC 2011 may be viewed on the Statistics Canada website at:  National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 or on the website of Employment and Social Development Canada at: National Occupational Classification 2011.

Criteria for updates to NOC content

Please consider the following criteria when preparing your input to the update of the National Occupational Classification.

Proposed changes should:

  1. Be consistent with classification principles of mutual exclusivity, exhaustiveness, and homogeneity within unit groups.
  2. Be relevant, that is, the updates must be of analytical interest, result in enhanced data useful to users and be based on appropriate statistical research or subject matter expertise.

Notice of information sharing

All consultation input received will be shared with Employment and Social Development Canada with whom Statistics Canada will be working jointly on the update of the National Occupational Classification for 2016.