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The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the authorized source of information on occupations in Canada. It was designed to classify data on occupations drawn from statistical surveys.

The basic principle of the classification of the NOC is the type of work performed. Occupations are identified and grouped primarily according to the work usually performed, which is determined by the tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the occupation.

An occupation is defined as a collection of jobs that are sufficiently similar in terms of the work performed that it is possible to group them together under the same title for classification purposes. Furthermore, a job encompasses all the tasks performed by a worker in the context of their duties.

Source: Statistics Canada

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