BC PNP

BC PNP

/BC PNP/

Introduction

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration program that enables the province to directly select prospective immigrants to help address British Columbia’s labour market needs and contribute to the economic development of the province.

BC PNP accepts applications under three main immigration streams:


BC PNP Skills Immigration consists of five categories:

  • Skilled Worker Category
  • Health Authority category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category

Express Entry British Columbia consists of four categories

  • Express Entry – Skilled Worker Category
  • Express Entry – Health Authority category
  • Express Entry – International Graduate Category
  • Express Entry – International Post-Graduate Category

The Entrepreneur Immigration consists of three categories:

  • Entrepreneur Category
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot
  • Strategic Projects Category


Skills Immigration

Skilled Worker Category Criteria:

  1. Have an offer of permanent, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer at a wage that meets industry standards and the position is classified as Skilled Type 0, A or B.
  2. Minimum 2 years of full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in any skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B)
  3. According to the number of dependents and location of residency, meet the minimum income requirement
  4. For applicants who work in NOC B occupation, must have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 4
  5. Your employer must meet the employer requirements

Health Authority category Criteria:

  1. Have an indeterminate, full-time employment offer in any occupation, at any NOC level, with a B.C. public health authority at a wage that meets industry standards; OR a physician or a nurse practitioner who is, or will soon be, working in B.C. with the support of a public health authority; OR a midwife who has been working for an established practice group in British Columbia for at least six months prior to submitting application
  2. Have related licensing
  3. According to the number of dependents and location of residency, meet the minimum income requirement
  4. For applicants who work in NOC B, C, D occupation,must have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 4
  5. Your employer must meet the employer requirements

Public health authorities

  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • First Nations Health Authority
  • Fraser Health
  • Interior Health
  • Island Health
  • Northern Health
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Providence Health Care

International Graduate Category Criteria:

Have obtained a degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada within 3 years of date of completion

  1. An employment offer for a full-time, indeterminate position at a wage that meets industry standards and the position is classified as Skilled Type A or B.
  2. Qualify to work in this occupation
  3. According to the number of dependents and location of residency, meet the minimum income requirement
  4. For applicants work in NOC B occupation, must have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 4
  5. Your employer must meet the employer requirements

International Post-Graduate Category Criteria:

  1. Have obtained a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Natural Science, Applied Science or Health Science from an eligible BC institution within 3 years
  2. Plan to permanently reside in BC

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Criteria:

  1. Have an indeterminate, full-time employment offer from an eligible BC employer at a wage that meets industry standards and the position is classified as Skilled Type C or D
  2. In Northeast Development Region, all occupations classified as Skilled Type C or D except live-in caregiver may apply. In other regions, only workers in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, food processing or healthcare sectors may apply.
  3. Be employed and worked full-time with your B.C. employer in any eligible ELSS occupation for at least nine consecutive months prior to registering to BC PNP, changes allowed in your employment from one ELSS-eligible occupation to a different ELSS-eligible occupation with the same employer
  4. Maintain full-time employment in an ELSS-eligible occupation with your supporting employer in B.C. throughout the BC PNP application process
  5. Have completed secondary education
  6. Demonstrate a history of meeting the minimum income requirement
  7. Have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 4
  8. Your employer must meet the employer requirements

ELSS-eligible occupation:

  • In Northeast Development Region, all occupations classified as Skilled Type C or D except live-in caregiver may apply.
  • In other regions, eligible occupations are:
    • Occupations in travel and accommodation
      • 6525 Hotel front desk clerks
    • Tour and recreational guides and casino occupations
      • 6531 Tour and travel guides
      • 6532 Outdoor sport and recreational guides
      • 6533 Casino occupations
    • Occupations in food and beverage service
      • 6511 Maîtres d’hotel and hosts/hostesses
      • 6512 Bartenders
      • 6513 Food and beverage servers
      • 6711 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related occupations
    • Cleaners (employed directly by hotels/resorts*) (*For the purposes of the BC PNP, a resort is defined as an accommodation facility that is associated with recreational activities. These activities can include skiing, golfing, boating, fishing, biking, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, nature-based or interpretive tours, etc.)
      • 6731 Light duty cleaners
      • 6732 Specialized cleaners
      • 6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
      • 6721 Support occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services
    • Other service occupations (employed directly by hotels/resorts*)
      • 6741 Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations
      • 6742 Other service support occupations
    • Food processing
      • 9461 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
      • 9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
      • 9463 Fish and seafood plant workers
      • 9465 Testers and graders, food, beverage and associated products processing
      • 9617 Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
      • 9618 Labourers in fish and seafood processing
    • Long-haul truck drivers
      • 7511 Long-haul truck driver
    • Occupations in healthcare
      • 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (For the purposes of the BC PNP, only health care assistants / health care aides are eligible under NOC 3413)
      • 3411 Dental assistants


Express Entry British Columbia

Express Entry is a points-based online application management system introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in January 2015. If you are in the federal Express Entry pool and you also meet the criteria for one of the BC PNP Skills Immigration categories, you may be eligible to use the BC PNP’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) option.


Entrepreneur Immigration

Entrepreneur Immigration Category Criteria:

  1. Have a personal net worth of at least $600,000
  2. 3+ years of experience as a business owner-manager, OR, 4+ years of experience as a senior manager, OR, a combination of 1+ year of experience as a business owner-manager and 2+ years of experience as a senior manager
  3. A post-secondary credential or experience as an active owner with 100% ownership of the business for at least 3 years within past 5 years
  4. Make an eligible personal investment of at least $200,000
  5. Have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 4
  6. Create at least one new, permanent full-time equivalent (FTE) job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada within 420 days

Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Category Criteria

  1. Business established in a community of fewer than 75,000 people located more than 30 km from a larger city
  2. Have a personal net worth of at least $300,000
  3. 3+ years of experience as a business owner-manager, OR, 4+ years of experience as a senior manager, OR, a combination of 1+ year of experience as a business owner-manager and 2+ years of experience as a senior manager
  4. Make an eligible personal investment of at least $100,000
  5. Demonstrate will hold at least 51 percent ownership of the proposed business
  6. Have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 4
  7. Create at least one new, permanent full-time equivalent (FTE) job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada within 420 days

Strategic Projects Category Criteria:

  1. Corporate applicants typically have at least 150 staff and annual revenues of at least $20,000,000
  2. Proposed key employees are qualified senior personnel (to a maximum of five key staff)
  3. Make a minimum equity investment of at least $500,000 directed toward the corporation’s operations in B.C.
  4. Create at least three new jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents for each foreign key staff member proposed
  5. Establish new or purchase and expand an eligible business in B.C.


Requirement for Employer of Skilled Immigration

  1. Be established and located in British Columbia, and have been operating for at least one year (two years if the applicant is registering under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category)
  2. At least five permanent, full-time (or full-time equivalent) employees in the Greater Vancouver Regional District; at least three permanent, full-time employees (or full-time equivalent) if located outside the Greater Vancouver Regional District
  3. Show a history of good business practices
  4. You do not hold or exercise control over an ownership stake of 10% or greater


Family Income Threshold by Area of Residence

Size of FamilyMetro Vancouver Regional DistrictRest of BC
1$26,426$22,024
2$32,899$27,418
3$40,445$33,706
4$49,106$40,925
5$55,695$46,416
6$62,814$52,350
7 or more$69,935$58,284

BC PNP Tech

On May 28, 2021, The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended indefinitely and renamed BC PNP Tech to provide B.C. tech employers with the continued ability to recruit and retain international talent when local skilled workers are unavailable. BC PNP Tech offers people in 29 tech occupations a prioritized pathway to permanent residency.

Requirements:

  1. Applicants are already eligible for either the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC stream of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.
  2. Job offers must be one of 29 eligible occupations under the BC PNP Tech. The offer does not need to be indefinite, but it must be for a period of at least one year.

List of 29 Eligible Occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot:

NOCJob Title
0131Telecommunication carriers managers
0213Computer and information systems managers
0512Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and electronics engineers
2134Chemical engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2221Biological technologists and technicians
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
5121Authors and writers
5122Editors
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224Broadcast technicians
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5226Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

Priority Occupations:

priority occupations may be invited to apply in periodic targeted draws.

BC PNP Tech Occupations

  • 0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2134 Chemical engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2175 Web designers and developers
  • 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2281 Computer network technicians
  • 2282 User support technicians
  • 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  • 5121 Authors and writers
  • 5122 Editors
  • 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  • 5224 Broadcast technicians
  • 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
  • 5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
  • 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
  • 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  • 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

Care economy: Healthcare occupations

  • 0311   Managers in healthcare
  • 3011   Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
  • 3012   Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3111   Specialist physicians
  • 3112   General practitioners and family physicians
  • 3113   Dentists
  • 3122   Chiropractors
  • 3124   Allied primary health practitioners
  • 3125   Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • 3131   Pharmacists
  • 3132   Dietitians and nutritionists
  • 3141   Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142   Physiotherapists
  • 3143   Occupational therapists
  • 3144   Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3211   Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212   Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3214   Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215   Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216   Medical sonographers
  • 3217   Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
  • 3219   Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • 3221   Denturists
  • 3222   Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • 3223   Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
  • 3232   Practitioners of natural healing
  • 3233   Licensed practical nurses
  • 3234   Paramedical occupations
  • 3237   Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3411   Dental assistants
  • 3413   Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates*
  • 4151   Psychologists
  • 4152   Social workers
  • 4153   Family, marriage and other related counsellors
  • 4212   Social and community service workers 

*For the purposes of the BC PNP, only health care assistants / health care aides are eligible under NOC 3413.

Care economy: Childcare occupations

  • 4214   Early childhood educators and assistants

Other priority occupations

  • 3114   Veterinarians
  • 3213   Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians


BC PNP fees

Applicants will need to pay the fees upon registration or application in the BCPNP Online system.

CategoryApplication fee
Skills ImmigrationRegistration:No fee
Application:CAD $1,150
Request for review:CAD $500
Entrepreneur ImmigrationRegistration:CAD $300
Application:CAD $3,500
Request for review:CAD $500
Strategic ProjectsRegistration:CAD $300
Application:CAD $3,500
Key staff: CAD $1,000
Request for review:CAD $500

BC PNP Processing times

CategoryEstimated Processing time
Skills Immigration3 months
EEBC3 months
Entrepreneur ImmigrationRegistration score notification: 6 weeks
Application decision notification(at work permit stage): 4 months                  

Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC draws

Date (y/m/d)CategoryNumber of InvitationsSkilled Worker (SK)International Graduate (IG)Entry Level and Semi-SkilledSW-EEBCIG-EEBC
2022/7/5Targeted draw: Tech10085858585
2022/7/5Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)2160606060
2022/7/5Targeted draw: Healthcare76060606060
2022/7/5Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213) <560606060
2022/6/28General draw (includes tech occupations)1591099676123106
2022/6/28Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)1760606060
2022/6/28Targeted draw: Healthcare66060606060
2022/6/21Targeted draw: Tech10185858585
2022/6/21Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)1460606060
2022/6/21Targeted draw: Healthcare106060606060
2022/6/14General draw (includes tech occupations)1381099676123106
2022/6/14Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)1260606060
2022/6/14Targeted draw: Healthcare76060606060
2022/6/14Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)<560606060
2022/6/7Targeted draw: Tech12585858585
2022/6/7Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)1660606060
2022/6/7Targeted draw: Healthcare<56060606060
2022/5/31General draw (includes tech occupations)1471099676123106
2022/5/31Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)1560606060
2022/5/31Targeted draw: Healthcare (unless listed below)56060606060
2022/5/31Targeted draw: Healthcare: Health care assistants (NOC 3413)<560
2022/5/31Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)<5  60606060
2022/5/24Targeted draw: Tech11585858585
2022/5/24Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)1160606060
2022/5/24Targeted draw: Healthcare116060606060
2022/5/17General draw (includes tech occupations)1541099776123107
2022/5/17Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)2162626262
2022/5/17Targeted draw: Healthcare (unless listed below)<56262626262
2022/5/17Targeted draw: Healthcare: Health care assistants (NOC 3413)<562
2022/5/10Targeted draw: Tech12685858585
2022/5/10Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)2062626262
2022/5/10Targeted draw: Healthcare (unless listed below)206262626262
2022/5/10Targeted draw: Healthcare: Health care assistants (NOC 3413)<562
2022/5/3General draw (includes tech occupations)1411099777123107
2022/5/3Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)2865656565
2022/5/3Targeted draw: Healthcare96565656565
2022/5/3Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)<565656565
2022/4/26Targeted draw: Tech11285858585
2022/4/26Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)2365656565
2022/4/26Targeted draw: Healthcare86565656565
2022/4/26Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)565656565
2022/4/19General draw (includes tech occupations)1471109877125109
2022/4/19Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)2070707070
2022/4/19Targeted draw: Healthcare77070707070
2022/4/19Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)<570707070
2022/4/12Targeted draw: Tech12487878787
2022/4/12Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)2470707070
2022/4/12Targeted draw: Healthcare77070707070
2022/4/12Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)<570707070
2022/4/5General draw (includes tech occupations)1311109877125109
2022/4/5Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)4370707070
2022/4/5Targeted draw: Healthcare (unless listed below)147070707070
2022/4/5Targeted draw: Healthcare: Health care assistants (NOC 3413)<570
2022/4/5Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)<570707070
2022/3/29Targeted draw: Tech16187878787
2022/3/29Targeted draw: Healthcare127575757575
2022/3/29Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)3775757575
2022/3/29Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)<575757575
2022/3/22General draw (includes tech occupations)13211210077128114
2022/3/22Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)477878
2022/3/22Targeted draw: Healthcare: Health care assistants (NOC 3413)<563
2022/3/22Targeted draw: Healthcare (unless listed below)11787878
2022/3/22Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)97878
2022/3/14Targeted draw: Tech1238585
2022/3/14Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)278585
2022/3/14Targeted draw: Healthcare (unless listed below)21858585
2022/3/14Targeted draw: Healthcare: Health care assistants (NOC 3413)<563
2022/3/8NOC 0621/ 0631 draw conducted separately. See below19111210077128114
2022/3/8NOC 0621/0631 only13128128128128
2022/3/1Tech draw13685858585
2022/2/22NOC 0621/ 0631 draw conducted separately. See below1451129877125111
2022/2/22NOC 0621/063115125125125125
2022/2/15Tech draw14085858585
2022/2/8NOC 0621/ 0631 draw conducted separately. See below1881109677120106
2022/2/8NOC 0621/063110120120120120
2022/2/1Tech draw12680808080
2022/1/25NOC 0621/ 0631 draw conducted separately. See below264105937711497
2022/1/25NOC 0621/063125114114114114114
2022/1/18Tech draw9180808080
2022/1/11NOC 0621/ 0631 draw conducted separately. See below201103907811092
2022/1/11NOC 0621/063131110110110110
2022/1/4Tech draw10280808080
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