Notice of release of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.1

Update and revision process

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada work collaboratively to complete National Occupational Classification (NOC) updates and revisions. Historically, the departments undertook content updates every five years and structural revisions every ten years.

To establish the frequency of updates or revisions, the departments strive to reconcile the need to keep the taxonomy up-to-date with the ability to reflect occupational changes over time, while minimizing disruption to statistical coding and time series analysis. As part of continuous improvement, ESDC and Statistics Canada decided to update the NOC on a more frequent basis. Structural revisions, however, will remain on a ten year cycle.


ESDC and Statistics Canada would like to thank everyone who submitted proposals for changes as part of the NOC 2016 update. These proposals are important as they help ensure the consistency, accuracy and relevance of the classification.


In May 2017, ESDC and Statistics Canada invited NOC users to submit proposals for changes to the NOC. The objective of the consultation process was to collect input for the NOC 2016 update and fuel research in preparation for the NOC 2021 revision.

Summary of changes

ESDC and Statistics Canada reviewed the proposed changes that were submitted. Structural changes have not been included in this update; these will be taken into account as part of the NOC 2021 revision.

The following tables list the changes made as part of this update:

Job title additions as part of NOC 2016 revision to version 1.1
Code Job title addition
0213 computer systems integration manager
1311 finance technician
2152 senior landscape architect
2171 management information systems (MIS) consultant
2172 data scientist
2173 cloud engineer
2173 cloud administrator
2173 cloud architect
2174 cloud developer
6532 zipline guide
7441 window film installer
Job title deletions as part of NOC 2016 revision to version 1.1
Code Job title deletion
0213 systems integration manager – computer systems
0213 MIS (management information system) manager
0213 IT (information technology) development manager
0213 systems manager – computer systems
0213 systems development manager – computer systems
0213 systems operations manager – computer systems
2152 landscape planner
2152 golf course architect
2171 IT (information technology) consulting account manager
2171 IT (information technology) business analyst
2171 information systems quality assurance analyst
2171 software QA (quality assurance) analyst
2171 EDP (electronic data processing) auditor
2172 DBA (database analyst)
2172 DBA (database architect)
2172 DBA (database administrator)
2172 database architect (dba)
2173 artificial intelligence designer
2173 technical architect – software
2173 systems designer – software
2173 systems integration engineer – software
2173 test engineer, software
2174 Java programmer
2174 visual basic programmer
2174 EDP (electronic data processing) applications programmer
2174 PC (personal computer) application developer
4411 Mother's helper

Next steps

Research to improve the NOC is ongoing. The Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada will undertake another round of consultations shortly and details regarding the consultation process will be posted on this website.

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