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National Occupational Classification 2006

January 31, 2012: The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 is jointly released by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Statistics Canada. This classification replaces HRSDC's NOC 2006 and Statistics Canada's National Occupational Classification for Statistics (NOC-S) 2006 and, eliminates the differences that have existed between these classification systems. The 2011 NOC is only available online and will not be available in other formats.

National Occupational Classification 2006 (Occupational Descriptions)    
Format Looseleaf binder (29cm x 30 cm) with CD-ROM and matrix poster
Catalogue No. MP53-25/2006E
Language English; Aussi disponible en français
Price $99.95
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for the 2006 NOC

Produced by Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
Published by Canadian Government Publishing, 2007.

The 2006 NOC was released December 2007. Occupational research and analyses for the NOC 2011 update are underway but a publish date has yet to be announced.


The National Occupational Classification 2006 (NOC) provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labour market. It is used for many applications including defining and collecting statistics, managing information databases, analyzing labour market trends and extracting practical career planning information. More importantly, it gives statisticians, labour market analysts, career counsellors, employers and individual job seekers a consistent way to collect data and describe and understand the nature of work.

The NOC is developed in collaboration with Statistics Canada according to 5 year Census cycles. It is based on extensive occupational research and consultation conducted across the country, reflecting the evolution of the Canadian labour market. By providing a standard way of organizing labour market information, the NOC helps all Canadians to be better informed about the world of work.

The NOC 2006 provides accurate and up-to-date descriptions of over 500 occupational groups that cover approximately 30,000 job titles. It classifies occupations with a four-digit code according to skill type and skill level. The digits of the NOC code reflect important information about the occupation it represents (e.g., 3113 Dentists –“31” indicates that this is a health occupation and it requires university level education).

While the structure of the NOC 2006 is the same as the NOC 2001, users can expect to find:
  • Review and updates performed to over 150 of the 520 Unit Group descriptions that include Lead Statement, Main Duties, Employment Requirements, Additional Information and Classified Elsewhere sections
  • Modifications and/or new titles, including gender-specific titles added to the existing NOC Index of Titles
  • Minor editorial changes made to a small number of Unit Group titles
The NOC 2006 includes a CD-ROM that contains the PDF version of the contents of the binder; a revised Index of Titles; and a poster-sized NOC Matrix that provides an overview of the entire classification. Unlike the 2001 edition, the CD-ROM of the NOC 2006 is not available to purchase separately.

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Related titles:
  • For characteristics of an occupation, as well as the main attributes necessary to perform the work, see: Career Handbook.
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