Canada Express Entry

For a long time, immigrants looking for better opportunities and a more varied lifestyle have gravitated towards Canada, a country acknowledged for its multicultural and welcoming society. The Canadian government extends outstanding employment prospects to gifted, competent, and driven individuals who long to enter the country and contribute their best to the economy. 

There are multiple pathways for applicants to resort to in their Canadian immigration journeys. However, the nation’s devotion to embracing highly qualified skilled workers has been reflected in the introduction of the forward-thinking Express Entry program. It is a specifically designed immigration framework that assesses and invites applicants for permanent residence based on their position in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. Let us look into the various intricacies of the same.

The Express Entry System

Before getting into the NOC or TEER systems with reference to Canadian immigration, it is imperative to first establish a firm grasp of the Express Entry immigration program under which such systems operate. Now, the Express Entry system is an automated system developed for the management of applications made by skilled workers who seek permanent residence in Canada. On receiving an application for permanent residence from an interested candidate, the federal government evaluates their eligibility for a program managed under the Express Entry system. It primarily functions under three programs, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). 

The Express Entry system admits applications into the Express Entry pool and proceeds to assign scores to each based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). In addition to other criteria, a candidate’s age, education, work history, and language proficiency all influence their CRS score.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) System

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) system is a standardized structure that enables the Canadian government to efficiently categorize various occupations. It classifies various occupations on the basis of education, skills, and work experience. Determining an applicant’s eligibility for permanent residence in Canada under the Express Entry Program is largely dependent on the NOC system. Consistently revised by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada at an interval of ten years, the NOC system accurately reflects changes in the labour and economic markets of the nation. The most recent update has culminated in the development of the TEER points system, which represents categories of Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER). 

The TEER System

The TEER system was introduced for the effective assessment of Canadian immigration applications by the IRCC. It is bifurcated into 6 TEERs or categories. They are as follows:TEER 0 — Prominent management and legislative roles with a wealth of experience and training fall under this category. This group of people is in charge of supervising the organization’s direction, resource planning, and administration.

TEER 1 — An undergraduate degree or above from an accredited college or university is typically required for this category, as well as prior experience and knowledge in the field from a related occupation listed in TEER 2 (if applicable).

TEER 2 — These jobs fall into one of the following categories: 

  • Having post-secondary education of anywhere from two to three years at a community college, institute of technology, or CEGEP 
  • Undergoing an apprenticeship training program of two to five years
  • Significant safety or organizational responsibilities 
  • Several years of experience in a related job listed in TEER 3 (if applicable)

TEER 3 — These jobs fall into one of the following categories: 

  • Having completed less than two years of postsecondary education at a community college, institute of technology or CEGEP
  • Having undertaken less than two years of an apprenticeship training program
  • Having completed training programs with some secondary school education, on-the-job training, or work experience spanning more than six months
  • A number of years of experience in a related field as listed in TEER 4 (if relevant)

TEER 4 — These jobs fall into one of the following categories:

  • Having completed a high school diploma
  • Having multiple weeks of on-the-job training with some secondary school education
  • Having multiple years of experience in a related occupation found in TEER 5 (when applicable)

TEER 5 — This category includes jobs that typically only require a brief demonstration of work and do not necessitate a formal education of any kind.

Aftermath of the TEER System

The commencement of the TEER system in Canada will result in significant changes to the Express Entry system. The eligibility requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades programme are among the first things that may be altered in light of the new IRCC TEER system in Canada. 

This system would enable candidates to seamlessly advance into certain higher TEER categories based on their prior professional experience despite lacking the necessary educational credentials. In certain situations, a degree or certification may be equivalent to years of experience. However, because of the stretched categories, potential applicants might also fit into a different skill category while losing their eligibility for particular programs.

In this regard, there will be modifications to the Express Entry eligibility requirements and the addition of 16 new occupations. The recently added jobs fall under TEER 3. Payroll administrators, dental assistants, teaching assistants, CSOs, estheticians, and transport truck drivers are among those who fall under this category.


A key component of Canada’s Express Entry programme, the TEER System represents the country’s dedication to identifying skilled immigrants who will strengthen its social and economic bonds. By carefully weighing variables like age, education, language ability, work experience, and flexibility, the system guarantees a quick and easy immigration process that fits Canada’s constantly shifting needs.

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