Under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), candidates may qualify under one of the following streams:

 

Skills Immigration Stream

Skilled Worker Category

This category is open to workers with post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a skilled occupation.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible under the Skilled Worker Category, applicants must:

  • Have at least two years of full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation offered to them, and the credentials and qualification requirements of the position, if applicable;
  • Be in an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B;
    • For occupations classified as NOC level B, applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French by submitting language test results showing a minimum score of benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Benchmark 2000 (CLB) in all competencies.
    • For occupations classified as NOC level 0 or A, no language test results are necessary - the BC PNP, however, may require valid language test results at its discretion.
  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer;
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet minimum income requirements and pay for housing and living expenses in British Columbia by showing:
    • Annual wage in the province;
    • Location of residence in the province;
    • Number of dependents.

Minimum Requirements for Employers

Additionally, the employer offering the job must meet the following requirements:

  • The business must be established in British Columbia;
  • The business must already have permanent, full-time employees;
  • The business must show a history of good business practices;
  • The employer must meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements;
  • The employer must sign an employer declaration stating that all of these requirements are met; 
  • A written offer of employment must be extended to the applicant on official company letterhead and must meet all of the following requirements:
    • The offer must be signed and dated by both the employer and applicant.
    • The offer must include:
      • A description of job duties;
      • The rate of pay;
      • The working hours for the position (minimum of 30 hours per week);
      • >A statement that position is permanent and full time;
      • A list of additional benefits; and
      • A mention of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, if relevant.

Health Care Professional Category

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

To be eligible under the Health Care Professional Category, applicants must:

  • Be a professional in one of the following fields:
    • Physician;
    • Specialist;
    • Registered nurse;
    • Registered psychiatric nurse;
    • Nurse practitioner;
    • Midwife; or
    • Allied health professional such as a:
      • Diagnostic medical sonographer;
      • Clinical pharmacist;
      • Medical laboratory technologist;
      • Medical radiation technologist;
      • Occupational therapist; or
      • Physiotherapist.
  • Have at least two years full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation offered to them, and the credentials and qualification requirements of the position, if applicable;
  • Be in an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B;
    • For occupations classified as NOC level B, applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French by submitting language test results showing a minimum score of benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Benchmark 2000 (CLB) in all competencies.
    • For occupations classified as NOC level 0 or A, no language test results are necessary - the BC PNP, however, may require valid language test results at its discretion.
  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer;
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet minimum income requirements and pay for housing and living expenses in British Columbia by showing:
    • Annual wage in the province;
    • Location of residence in the province;
    • Number of dependents.
  • Midwives must:
    • Have a letter of confirmation from an established practice group in the province confirming acceptance into the group for at least six months, written on official group letterhead and signed by the head of the practice group and the applicant; and
    • Be registered with the College of Midwives of British Columbia.

Minimum Requirements for Employers

The employer offering the job must meet the following requirements:

  • The business must be established in British Columbia;
  • The business must already have permanent, full-time employees;
  • The business must show a history of good business practices;
  • The employer must meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements;
  • The employer must sign an employer declaration stating that all of these requirements are met; 
  • A written offer of employment must be extended to the applicant on official company letterhead and must meet all of the following requirements:
    • The offer must be signed and dated by both the employer and applicant.
    • The offer must include:
      • A description of job duties;
      • The rate of pay;
      • The working hours for the position (minimum of 30 hours per week);
      • A statement that position is permanent and full time;
      • A list of additional benefits; and
      • A mention of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, if relevant.

International Graduates – Canadian Universities or Colleges

This category is for international students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within two years of applying to the BC PNP. While applicants do not necessarily need prior work experience, applicants are required to obtain a job offer from a B.C. employer.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

Applicants who meet the following requirements may be eligible under the International Graduate Category:

  • Applicants must have obtained one of the following:
    • An undergraduate or graduate degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution; or
    • A diploma from a public post-secondary institution in Canada. Diplomas from private institutions are not eligible for this program.
    • A diploma program must be minimum eight months (two semesters) full-time study.
    • The diploma program is not eligible if more than one-quarter is co-op work or an internship.
  • The application must be submitted within two years of the date of completion shown on the official transcript;
  • Applicants must have the credentials and qualification requirements of the position, if applicable;
  • Applicants must provide evidence that they can support themselves and their dependents in Canada, including the following:
    • Income and employment prospects;
    • Location of intended residence in British Columbia; and
    • Information on number of dependents.
  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment that typically requires a post-secondary education from an eligible B.C. employer;
    • The offer must be for an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B; or
    • The offer must be for an occupation that is NOC level C or D, where the employer can sufficiently demonstrate a structured plan of career progression with that employer to an NOC 0, A, or B level occupation.
  • For for NOC level B, C, or D occupations, applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French by submitting language test results showing a minimum score of benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Benchmark 2000 (CLB) in all competencies.
    • No language test results are required for NOC level A occupations - the BC PNP, however, may request valid language test results at its discretion

Minimum Requirements for Employers

In addition, the employer making the offer of employment must meet the following criteria:

  • The business must be established in British Columbia;
  • The business must already have permanent, full-time employees;
  • The business must show a history of good business practices;
  • The employer must meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements;
  • The employer must sign an employer declaration stating that all of these requirements are met; 
  • A written offer of employment must be extended to the applicant on official company letterhead and must meet all of the following requirements:
    • The offer must be signed and dated by both the employer and applicant.
    • The offer must include:
      • A description of job duties;
      • The rate of pay;
      • The working hours for the position (minimum of 30 hours per week);
      • A statement that position is permanent and full time;
      • A list of additional benefits; and
      • A mention of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, if relevant.
  • The employer may not make deductions from pay for recruitment, immigration fees, etc.
  • The wage offered must be at market rate and comparable to the average salary for that occupation in British Columbia.
  • Individuals originally hired on a Labour Market Opinion must receive an equal or greater wage than that stated on the Labour Market Opinion.

International Post-Graduates - B.C. Universities or Colleges

This category is for individuals who have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a British Columbia institution. No job offer is needed to apply to this program.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible under this category, applicants must:

  • Have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree from an eligible British Columbia institution within two years of applying to the BC PNP in one of the following fields:
    • Agriculture;
    • Biological and biomedical sciences;
    • Computer and information sciences and support services;
    • Engineering;
    • Engineering technology;
    • Health professions and related clinical sciences;
    • Mathematics and statistics;
    • Natural resources conservation and research; or
    • Physical sciences.
  • Provide evidence that they intend to reside permanently in B.C., such as:
    • The length of current or previous periods of residence in B.C.;
    • The applicant’s connections to B.C. through work, study, or family; or
    • A description of any settlement activities that the applicant has undertaken.

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Category

This category is for individuals currently living and working in B.C. in an eligible occupation within the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries, or in a NOC skill level C or D occupation in the Northeast Development Region of the province.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Category, applicants must:

  • Be currently employed in a full-time position, having been in that position for at least nine consecutive months before applying.
    • See below for industry-specific requirements.
  • Maintain full-time employment throughout the application process. Work conducted during a program of study or with an Off-Campus Work Permit does not qualify.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet minimum income requirements and pay for housing and living expenses in British Columbia by showing:
    • Annual wage in the province;
    • Location of residence in the province;
    • Number of dependents.
    • Entry level and semi-skilled applicants must show a history of meeting this requirement for the previous nine months in the position.
  • Have completed a secondary education;
  • Have any licensing or certification required for the job;
  • Submit language proficiency test results showing a proficiency in English of at least “Benchmark 4” in all components (listening, speaking, reading, writing).
  • Entry level and semi-skilled applicants must have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer.
    • Individuals working in the Northeast Development Region of B.C. in a C or D level occupation may apply to the BC PNP without first obtaining a job offer. All other requirements are the same as the Entry Level or Semi-Skilled Worker Category listed above.

Minimum Requirements for Employers

In addition to the above, the employer must also fulfill certain criteria, as follows:

  • The business must be established in British Columbia.
  • The business must already have permanent, full-time employees.
  • The business must show a history of good business practices.
  • The employer must also meet domestic labour market recruitment requirements.
  • A written offer of employment must be extended to the applicant on official company letterhead and must meet all of the following requirements:
    • The offer must be signed and dated by both the employer and applicant.
    • The offer must include:
      • A description of job duties;
      • The rate of pay;
      • The working hours for the position (minimum of 30 hours per week);
      • A statement that position is permanent and full time;
      • A list of additional benefits; and
      • A mention of any applicable collective bargaining agreements, if relevant.
  • The employer may not make deductions from pay for recruitment, immigration fees, etc.
  • The wage offered must be at market rate and comparable to average salary for the occupation in British Columbia.
  • Individuals originally hired on a Labour Market Opinion must receive an equal or greater wage than that stated on the Labour Market Opinion.

Eligible Occupations 

Occupations in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry
NOCOccupation
6525 Hotel Front Desk Clerks
6531 Tour and Travel Guides
6532 Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides
6533 Casino Occupations
6511 Maîtres d’hotel and Hosts/Hostesses
6512 Bartenders and Food and Beverage Servers
6711 Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
6731 Light Duty Cleaners
6732 Specialized Cleaners
6733 Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
6721 Support Occupations in Accommodation, Travel and Facilities Set-Up Services
6741 Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Related Occupations
6742 Other Service Support Occupations

 

Occupations in the Food Processing Industry
NOCOccupation
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

 

Occupations in the Trucking Industry
NOCOccupation
7511 Long-Haul Truck Driver

 

Express Entry British Columbia

International Post Graduate Category

B.C. employers have made it known that they are seeking workers with graduate degrees in the sciences, and the government of B.C. has reacted accordingly.

Individuals with a master’s or doctoral degree in the sciences received within the past two years from an eligible program at a post-secondary institution in B.C. may be eligible to apply under the International Post Graduate category, as long as the post graduate degree was obtained in one of the following natural, applied or health sciences:

  • Agriculture
  • Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Computer and information sciences and support services
  • Engineering
  • Engineering technology
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Natural resources conservation and research
  • Physical sciences

Candidates must provide evidence of their intention to reside in B.C. This evidence may include:

  • the length of any previous and/or current period of residence in B.C.;
  • connections to B.C. through work, study or family; and/or
  • a description of any actions taken to settle in B.C., such as finding a job or place to live.
CategoryEmploymentEducationOther requirements
International Post Graduate Job offer not required Master’s or doctoral degree from an eligible B.C. institution. Only open to natural, applied or health sciences graduates. Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

International Graduates Category

International graduates who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within the past two years may be eligible to apply under the International Graduates category. Candidates applying under the International Graduates category must have a full-time permanent qualifying job offer in a skilled occupation from a B.C. employer.

Candidates eligible under this category must have a degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada. Candidates with an undergraduate or graduate degree must have obtained the degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution authorized to grant degrees. Candidates with a diploma or certificate must have obtained the diploma or certificate from a public post-secondary institution in Canada. Private institutions are not eligible. The program must have entailed at least eight months (two semesters) of full-time study. The program is not eligible if the candidate spent more than one-quarter of the program time in a co-op work term or internship.

CategoryEmploymentOccupationExperienceEducationOther requirements
International Graduate Full-time job offer from an eligible B.C. employer Occupation Skill Level 0, A or B Not required Eligible degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

Skilled Worker Category (including Health Care Professionals Category)

The Skilled Worker category is for international skilled workers who have post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a professional, management, technical, trade or other skilled occupation. The candidate’s occupation must be classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) matrix as skill level 0, A, or B.

Candidates applying under the Skilled Worker category must have a full-time permanent qualifying job offer in a skilled occupation from a B.C. employer. Candidates with a job offer in a regulated occupation that requires mandatory certification or licensing must demonstrate that they meet provincial requirements for the particular occupation when they make their application under this category.

CategoryEmploymentOccupationExperienceEducationOther requirements
Skilled Worker Full-time job offer from an eligible B.C. employer Occupation Skill Level 0, A or B Minimum 2 years of directly related work experience Applicable credentials or qualifications Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program
Health Care Professionals Full-time job offer from a Public Health Authority in B.C. Physicians, specialists, nurses, psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and allied health professionals Directly related work experience Applicable licensing or registration Candidate must be eligible for a federal economic immigration program

 

Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

Entrepreneur Category

Applications are assessed on a number of factors, including:

  • Business and/or work experience;
  • Personal net worth and source of funds;
  • Adaptability; and
  • Business proposal, which includes proposed investment and job creation in B.C.

Minimum Personal Requirements

  • Active and ongoing management of the day-to-day business operations;
  • Demonstrated residence in B.C. within 100 kilometres of the business;
    • The applicant must demonstrate B.C. residence for at least 75 percent of the time while on a work permit
  • Admissibility to Canada.
    • The applicant must not:
      • Be prohibited from entering Canada
      • Be or have been in Canada illegally
      • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada
      • Be under a removal order in Canada
  • Personal net worth of at least $600,000 (including cash, assets in bank accounts, fixed deposits, real properties, investments, etc) under the candidate's name or candidate's spouse's name. The net worth must be legally obtained and verifiable;
  • A minimum of two years of post-secondary education or experience as an active business owner-manager with 100 percent ownership of the business for at least three of the past five years; 
    • The 100 percent ownership may be shared between the applicant, the applicant's spouse, and any dependent children.
  • Work experience — the candidate must demonstrate that he or she has sufficient knowledge and experience to successfully establish his or her business in B.C. The candidate must have a minimum of:
    • more than three years of experience as an active business owner-manager, or
    • more than four years of experience as a senior manage, or
    • a combination of at least one year of experience as an active business owner-manager and at least two years of experience as a senior manager.

Minimum Business Requirements

The registration must include a short business concept that will be assigned points based on proposed commercial viability, transferability of the candidate’s skills, and economic benefits. If the candidate is subsequently invited to apply, he or she will be required to submit a comprehensive business plan. The BC PNP will consider registrations to establish a new business, purchase an existing business, form a partnership with an existing business, and partner with a local or foreign entrepreneur to establish a new business.

Minimum Investment Requirements

In order to register, the candidate must demonstrate that he or she will make an eligible personal investment of at least $200,000 CAD in the proposed business. If proposing a Key Staff Member, the candidate must demonstrate that he or she will make an eligible personal investment of $400,000 CAD.

Minimum Job Requirements

Candidates must demonstrate that they will create at least one permanent new full-time equivalent job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in the proposed business as well as the likelihood of supporting long-term employment of Canadians or permanent residents in the business. Job creation requirements differ for candidates who proposed to include a Key Staff member on their application.

NOTE: An Entrepreneur Immigration Registration is not an application to the Entrepreneur Immigration stream or a guarantee that a candidate will be invited to apply.

Strategic Projects Category

Foreign companies looking to establish a presence in British Columbia can do so through this category. In the process, the company can propose up to five key staff members to work and become permanent residents in Canada.

Minimum Requirements for Companies

To be eligible under this category of the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Stream, companies must:

  • Provide evidence of good business practices and success outside of Canada;
  • Demonstrate that the key staff members proposed are qualified senior personnel who are essential to the establishment and operation of the business in B.C.;
  • Only propose key staff members who are eligible for immigration status in Canada. The BC PNP will not accept applications of key staff members who:

    • Are prohibited from entering Canada,
    • Have not been lawfully admitted in their country of current residence,
    • Are in Canada without authorization or are out of status,
    • Are working in Canada without authorization,
    • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada,
    • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada.

Minimum Requirements upon Application Approval

If an application is approved, the company must perform the following:

  • Sign a Performance Agreement with the provincial government;
  • Make a minimum equity investment of $500,000 to establish or purchase and expand an eligible business;
  • Create at least three new jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents for each proposed key staff member; and
  • Establish or purchase and expand a company that is incorporated or federally incorporated and registered extra-provincially in BC.

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