With a strategic location, low taxes, competitive operating costs and a multicultural workforce that is well-educated, highly-skilled and productive, British Columbia is one of Canada’s most dynamic places to do business, presenting unique business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

British Columbia has introduced a mandatory online registration system, known as Entrepreneur Immigration Registration, for all prospective applicants to the Entrepreneur Immigration stream of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). A maximum of 200 registrations may be accepted per month, and the BC PNP will periodically invite the highest-scoring registrants to submit applications.

Successful applicants will obtain a work permit and, if the business operation in British Columbia fulfills the requirements of the stream on an ongoing basis, they will be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the BC PNP. This stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for experienced businesspeople who can establish themselves in B.C. and invest in and operate a commercially viable business that can provide significant benefits to the provincial economy.

The BC PNP encourages applicants to make an exploratory visit to B.C. to learn more about opportunities and the local business environment before they register. Registrants and applicants are not advised to make any investments or financial commitments prior to signing a Performance Agreement with the BC PNP and obtaining a valid work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Any investment made before an applicant obtains a valid work permit is solely at his or her own risk.

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BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Requirements

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.

It is important to note that an Entrepreneur Immigration Registration is not an application to the Entrepreneur Immigration stream or a guarantee that a candidate will be invited to apply.

Minimum Personal Requirements

In order to register to the apply under the Entrepreneur Immigration stream, individuals must:

  • hold active and ongoing management of the day-to-day business operations;
  • demonstrate residence in B.C. within 100 kilometres of the business;
    • Residence in B.C. must be held for at least 75 percent of the time while on a work permit.
  • be admissible to Canada:
    • must not be prohibited from entering Canada;
    • must not be or have been in Canada illegally;
    • must not have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada; and
    • must not be under a removal order in or outside of Canada.
  • have a personal net worth of at least $600,000 (including cash, assets in bank accounts, fixed deposits, real properties, investments, etc) under the his or her name or spouse or common-law partner's name. The net worth must be legally obtained and verifiable;
  • have a post-secondary credential 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 or common-law partner, and any dependent children.
  • have business and/or 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.

Applicants must prove that the business being purchased or established can contribute to the province's economic growth. Also, they must prove they will own at least one-third (33.3 per cent) of the established or proposed business. If the applicant has less than 33.3 per cent ownership, he or she must invest at least $1,000,000 in an equity purchase.

The BC PNP considers registrations from applicants looking 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.

An applicant looking to franchise may be considered under this stream if the proposed franchise is well-established. The applicant will be required to provide an expansion/improvement plan that is in accordance with franchisor requirements.

A proposal for a seasonal business will be considered by the BC PNP only if the business operates for a minimum of eight months each year and meets all other eligibility requirements for the Entrepreneur Immigration stream.

The following types of businesses are ineligible under the BC PNP:

  • an immigration-linked investment scheme pursuant to Provincial Immigration Programs Regulation section 6(e) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) section 87(5)(b) and as defined in IRPR 87(9)
  • any business where the terms of investment include a redemption option pursuant to IRPR 87(6)(d)
  • bed and breakfasts, hobby farms and home-based businesses
  • payday loan, cheque cashing, money changing and cash machine businesses
  • pawnbrokers
  • scrap metal recycling
  • coin-operated laundries
  • automated car wash operations
  • businesses selling used goods (excluding businesses that provide value-added services such as repairs, refurbishing or recycling)
  • real estate development/brokerage, insurance brokerage or business brokerage
  • businesses involved in producing, distributing or selling pornography or sexually explicit products or services, or providing sexually oriented services
  • any other type of business that by association would tend to bring the BC PNP or the Government of British Columbia into disrepute.
The BC PNP will not consider registrations for the following businesses proposed in Regional Districts with a population more than 300,000:
  • convenience stores
  • DVD rental stores
  • gasoline service stations
  • personal
  • dry cleaning services
  • tanning salons
An applicant will be disqualified to register for the Entrepreneur Stream if the proposed business is ineligible.

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 B.C. business within 610 (nearly 20 months) of arriving in the province. If proposing a key staff member, the candidate must demonstrate that he or she will make an eligible personal investment of $400,000 CAD.

The minimum personal investment of $200,000 must be obtained from a candidate's personal net worth.

As an employer, an Entrepreneur Immigration candidate must demonstrate:
  • a rationale for a key staff in relation to the domestic labour market – that a Canadian citizen or permanent resident would not be able to perform the proposed duties; and
  • that the business will create at least three new, permanent, full-time equivalent positions for Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents of Canada.

The proposed Key Staff member must:

  • have worked with the candidate in a senior position for at least one year out of the last three years, and have a critical skill set for the proposed B.C. business;
  • fill a job in that is classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A;
  • possess a minimum of two years of post-secondary education (if education and work experience are not specifically identified in the proposed position in B.C.); and
  • earn a wage equal to or greater than the median for that occupation in B.C.

If the candidate is invited to apply, the key staff member may be asked to attend an in-person interview, sign a Performance Agreement and demonstrate relevant work experience that is transferable and essential for their work in the proposed business in B.C.

In order to obtain a nomination, the key staff member must meet the terms and conditions outlined in the Performance Agreement (full-time work in the business, reside close to business, and wage) and must not hold 10 percent or more ownership of the proposed business.

The following are not considered eligible investments:
  • cash and working capital
  • wage payments made by the candidate and your family members, if applicable
  • real estate (when purchasing an existing business only the business value portion of the purchase price will be considered as an eligible expense).

The BC PNP discourages any investment or financial commitment prior to signing a Performance Agreement with the BC PNP and obtaining a valid work permit from IRCC.

An applicant may use external financing from a business partner or financial institutions. The applicant must, however, identify how the financing will be obtained and how it will be applied in the proposed investment.

Minimum Job Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate that they will create at least one new permanent, full-time equivalent job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in the proposed business within 365 days (12 months) of arriving to the province. The applicant must also demonstrate the likelihood of supporting long-term employment of Canadians or permanent residents in the business.

Applicants who propose a key staff member must demonstrate they will create at least three full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.

An FTE position must be for at least 30 hours per week (1,560 hours a year) and be fulfilled by one or more employees under continuous employment. FTEs must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and must not be independent contractors or shareholders with more than 10 percent ownership of the business.

The applicant will be granted points for business concept if the positions created are classified under NOC skill levels 0, A or B and a rationale is provided for the creation of these FTE positions.

If an applicant purchases an existing business, the number of existing jobs in the business must be maintained and employee(s) must be paid a wage that is comparable to their skill level.

If approved for a provincial nomination, applicants must demonstrate that they have consistently and continuously employed the required number of FTEs for at least six months.

The Invitation to Apply

Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that a candidate will be invited to submit a complete application.

If a candidate has entered into the selection pool, his or her final registration score will be ranked along with other registrants. Periodically, the BC PNP will invite the highest-ranked candidates to apply to the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream. If a candidate is invited to apply, he or she will receive an email notification and will have up to 120 days (approximately four months) from the date of invitation to submit a complete application.

At this stage, the applicant must pay a $3,500 CAD non-refundable processing fee to the province. An applicant's spouse, common-law partner and/or dependent children are included in the application fee.

The BC PNP may invite the applicant to attend an in-person interview at the BC PNP office in Vancouver. Interviews are conducted in English or French only.

If an application is approved, the BC PNP will require applicants to sign a Performance Agreement. Failure to meet the Performance Agreement expectations may result in a loss of nomination.

The Performance Agreement for the applicant includes:

  • type of business and location
  • investment amounts and timelines
  • the number and type of positions to be created for Canadians or permanent residents
  • active management requirement
  • residency requirements
  • timeframes within which you must meet these requirements

The key staff member's Performance Agreement includes:

  • the employer and business location
  • occupation and related NOC code
  • full-time employment (minimum 30 hours per week, or 1,560 hours per year)
  • residency requirements
  • timeframes within which you must meet these requirements.

A Letter of Confirmation is issued by the BC PNP to approved applicants. The applicant will need to first sign a Performance Agreement and will have up to 20 months to implement the business proposal in B.C. The Letter of Confirmation serves as a work permit support letter that allows approved applicants to obtain a two-year work permit from IRCC. The letter remains valid for 90 days (approximately three months).

Applicants who are invited to apply will need to engage a qualified supplier to verify their personal net worth and accumulation of funds as part of the nomination process.

Provincial Nomination to Permanent Residence

If the applicants meet the requirements of the Performance Agreement within the 20 months, the BC PNP will nominate him or her for permanent residence. An applicant, along with his or her dependent family members, can then apply for Canadian permanent residence under the BC PNP with IRCC.

Once the entrepreneur completes the terms of the Performance Agreement, he or she can submit a Final Report to the BC PNP to be issued a nomination certificate. The entrepreneur must demonstrate that he or she:

  • is actively managing a business (i.e., be accountable for the day-to-day operations of the business) in British Columbia;
  • resides within 100 kilometers of the business;
  • has been physically present in BC for at least 75 percent of the time that he or she was on a work permit; and
  • has complied with any other terms of the Performance Agreement.

Scoring

Each section of the registration has a minimum eligibility score. Candidates must meet the minimum scores in each section in order to be entered into the selection pool.

The maximum score available is 200.

Scoring Sections Points
Self-Declared Experience 20
Ownership 4
Net Worth 12
Total Personal Investment 20
Jobs 20
Regional District 12
Adaptability 32
Self-declared subtotal score 120
Business Concept Commercial Viability 30
Transferability of Skills 20
Economic Benefits 30
Business concept subtotal score 80
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE 200

Self-Declared Scoring

Experience

Entrepreneur Immigration candidates receive points based on their business ownership and/or senior management work experience.

Details of the candidate's business/work experience for the last 10 years should be included in the application. Details of work experience should not be duplicated in both sections.

For example, if a candidate owned 100 percent of a business but also worked at the business as the General Manager, he or she may only select Business Owner-Manager Experience. The transferability and relevance of the candidate's background to his or her proposed business in B.C. will be assessed as part of the BC PNP scoring of the Business Concept.

The maximum score available for this section is 20. Candidates must score at least 8 points to meet the minimum requirements for this section.

Experience Total Duration Points
Business Owner - Manager Experience Less than 12 months 0
12 to 24 months 4
25 to 36 months 6
37 to 48 months 12
49 to 60 months 15
60 months or more 20
Senior Manager Work Experience Less than 24 months 0
24 to 48 months 4
49 to 60 months 8
60 months or more 12
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE 20

In addition, applicants will be awarded 4 points if they have held 100 percent ownership of the proposed business for at least three of the most recent five years. The 100 percent ownership of the business may be shared between the applicant, his or her spouse or common-law partner, and/or dependent child(ren).

Net Worth

To register, candidates must have at least a minimum of $600,000 in personal net worth.

Candidates will receive points for their total net worth including that of their spouse or common-law partner, if applicable.

The maximum score available for this section is 12. Candidates must score at least 5 points to meet the minimum requirements for net worth.

Personal Net Worth Points
Total current assets (cash and liquid funds) Less than $50,000 0
$50,000 to $199,999 2
$200,000 to $399,999 3
$400,000 or more 4
Total personal net worth Less than $600,000 0
$600,000 to $799,999 5
$800,000 to $1,999,999 6
$2,000,000 to $4,999,999 7
$5,000,000 or more 8
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE 12

Total Personal Investment

Candidates will receive points based on their proposed personal investment for the business, including proposed total investment and eligible investment for the proposed investments. A proposed business-related investment must be completed within 610 days (approximately 20 months) of arriving in B.C. on a BC PNP-supported work permit. If a candidate is proposing a partnership with a co-registrant, he or she must include the names of each partner with the registration.

The maximum score available for this section is 30. Candidates must score at least 6 points, or 20 points if they are proposing a Key Staff Member, to meet the minimum requirement for this section.

Eligible Personal Investment Points
Less than $200,000 0
$200,000 to $399,999 8
$400,000 to $599,999 10
$600,000 to $999,999 11
$1,000,000 to $1,999,999 12
$2,000,000 to $3,999,999 14
$4,000,000 to $7,999,999 16
$8,000,000 or more 20
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE 20

Jobs Created / Maintained

Candidates will receive points based on their proposed job creation, and job maintenance if they are purchasing an existing business. The proposed job creation must take place within 365 days (12 months) of an applicant's arrival to the province.

For the proposed business, candidates must identify the number of FTE positions that will be created and maintained. The maximum score available for this section is 36. Candidates must score at least two points, or 12 points if they are proposing a Key Staff Member, to meet the minimum requirements for this section. In addition, candidates will not qualify if they do not create at least one FTE. If proposing a Key Staff Member, candidates must create a minimum of three FTEs.

Number of FTE Job Positions Created and Maintained Points
Less than 1 0
1 8
2 9
3 10
4 11
5 12
6 13
7-9 14
10-19 16
20 or more 20
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE 20

Applicants are awarded points for the location of the proposed business based on the population sizes of B.C.’s Regional Districts. The applicant is required to work at the primary place of business in the proposed regional district.

Population of BC Regional District Points
500,000 people or more 0
200,000 to 499,999 1
100,000 to 199,999 3
70,000 to 99,999 6
60,000 to 69,999 8
35,000 to 59,999 10
Fewer than 35,000 people 12
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE 12

Adaptability

Candidates will receive points based on their self-declared adaptability factors. Evidence of language proficiency, such as copies of test scores or certificates, are not required when candidates register to the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream. However, if invited to apply, applicants may be required to provide evidence of their language proficiency and education (such as an Educational Credential Assessment). The BC PNP will assign candidates points for work experience accumulated within the last 10 years prior to applying.

The maximum score available for this section is 32. There is no minimum required score for this section.

Factor Points
English language proficiency None or minimal, similar to CLB 3 and below 0
Basic understanding, similar to CLB 4 2
Intermediate and advanced, similar to CLB 5 and above 4
Education level Secondary or less 0*
Associate degree 2
Diploma / certificate (non-trades)
Diploma / certificate (trades)
Bachelor’s degree or Post-graduate diploma / certificate 5
Master’s degree or Doctorate / PhD 8
Age Less than 20 0
25 – 34 4
35 - 44 8
45 – 54 6
55 – 64 4
65 or older 0
Business exploratory visits to British Columbia No, or visited B.C. more than 3 years ago 0
Yes, visited B.C. 1 – 3 years ago 1
Yes, visited B.C. less than 1 year ago, but did not visit the Regional District of the proposed business 2
Yes, visited the Regional District of the proposed business less than 1 year ago 4

Canadian work experience, business experience, or studies

from within Canada for at least 12 months

No 0
Yes 8

Business Concept

The proposed Business Concept will be evaluated by the BC PNP and must include an overview of the following:

  • description of the business model and its operations: what will the business do and how will it do it?
  • description of the types of goods and/or services the business will provide
  • proposed job title and duties, and how applicant's qualifications relate to the proposed business
  • description of how the business will be commercially viable: what is an applicant's market entry strategy?
  • description and rationale for staffing requirements

Additionally, candidates planning to purchase an existing business, whether wholly or partially, must:

  • identify and describe the business, including staffing;
  • summarize the company’s financial performance, with approximate annual revenue, net profit, and total wages paid from the past three years;
  • comment on business history and financial health;
  • explain how they established the value of the business; and
  • provide a description and rationale of the expansion plan.

In the business concept section, applicants will be also required to indicate whether you are proposing any of the following:

  • franchise business
  • partnership with local partner(s)
  • partnership with BC PNP co-registrant(s)
  • a foreign key staff

General market research or statistics should not be included in the Business Concept. Candidates' registration will be disqualified if they propose an ineligible business.

A candidate must score at least 32 points overall in this section, but there is no minimum requirement in each category. The Business Concept will be scored on the following factors.

Business Concept Points
Commercial viability 30
Transferability of skills 20
Economic benefits 30
MAXIMUM AVAILABLE SCORE 80

Business Concept Scoring

Commercial Viability

The BC PNP assesses the commercial viability of an applicant's business concept based on the following factors. In this criteria, the BC PNP examines a business's ability to compete effectively, make profit and contribute to the economic growth of the province. The maximum score available is 30.

Commercial Viability Factor Points
Business model
10
Market & products/services
4
Eligible personal investment 4
Assessment of proposed personal investment
6
Ownership percentage
4
Risk factors
2
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE
30

Learn more about how the BC PNP evaluates the Commercial Viability of a business by expanding the factors below.

In the Business Model, an applicant is required to explain how the proposed business will generate revenue and profit, and how the applicant plans to successfully manage and run the business.

An applicant who intends to purchase an existing business, including partnerships must:

  • identify how how or she intends to improve, upgrade and/or expand the business by providing new employment, investing, introducing new products and/or services, etc; and
  • demonstrate that the existing business is profitable by providing proof that the business can sustain additional expenses, investments, generate profit and hire more employees.

The BC PNP will determine whether or not a business model is unsatisfactory/unclear, fair or good and assign an applicant a maximum score of 10 based on the following criteria:

1) An unsatisfactory/unclear business model (1 point) will be determined if any of the following are identified:

  1. business model does not clearly identify and/or describe the business operation from start to finish
  2. business model does not clearly identify the products and/or services being offered
  3. proposed scale of business is not consistent with industry/regional norm
  4. business concept does not provide details of applicant’s proposed role
  5. business concept does not provide substantive information on local business partner and/or co - applicant and/or key staff (if applicable)
  6. proposed key staff is ineligible and/or the co-registrants do not demonstrate a prior working/business relationship
  7. If purchase of existing business: the proposed expansion plan does not effectively address a plan to upgrade/improve or expand the existing business, or is ineligible
  8. If purchase of existing business: the proposed expansion plan relies primarily upon unsubstantiated investment and/or job creation and appears to be inconsistent with industry/regional norms

2) A fair business model (5 points) will be determined if all of the following are met:

  1. business model is clearly identified and describes the business operation from start to finish
  2. business model clearly identifies the products and/or services being offered
  3. proposed scale of business is consistent with industry/regional norms iv. business concept provides substantive information on local business partner and/or co-applicant and/or key staff (if applicable)

3) A good business model (10 points) will be determined if, in addition to core requirements for fair, the business concept also meets at least three of the following factors:

  1. proposed investment and jobs plan is consistent with the business model (must score 6 points for assessment of investment and score 6 points for jobs assessment)
  2. business model identifies a clear strategy to become commercially viable
  3. business model’s operational plan is internally consistent
  4. applicant’s proposed duties with the business are consistent with applicant’s experience
The BC PNP awards a maximum of 4 points for an applicant's description of the types of products and/or services that will be offered (or are currently offered in the existing business). The applicant may receive 1 point if the business does not satisfactorily address any of the Market/Product factors or 4 points if it addresses at least one of the Market/Product factors, and is consistent with the Business Model.

The applicant must demonstrate at least 1 of 4 critical factors, which are consistent with the Business Model:

1) Competitive edge: the product/service offers distinction from its potential competitors. If local competitors offer the same or similar product/service, then it does not offer substantive distinction.

2) High-value: the proposed product/service will be a specialized product/service that is differentiated from generic, mid to low-value products/services.

3) New product/service: the product/service is “new to the market” or “new to the world”. The business concept should demonstrate that the product/service is not locally available.

4) Competitive analysis/market entry strategy: business concept provides a competitive analysis that identifies current/potential competitors, how to make the product/service unique or distinguishable, how to attract the target market, strengths and weaknesses of current and potential competitors, and how the proposed business’s competitive advantage and how it will effectively enter the market.

The BC PNP assesses a proposed personal investment and assigns an applicant a score in their business concept. The assessment of an applicant's proposed investment is based on the details provided against the type and scope of the proposed business, the market, the products/services, the business model, and the industry and/or local standards.

Applicants proposing an existing business will be disqualified if their personal investment is less than $50,000.

Points for a proposed personal investment is based on the following:

Eligible Personal Investment Points
Less than $200,000 or less than $50,000 of eligible expansion investments 0*
$200,000 to $399,999 1
$400,000 to $599,999 2**
$600,000 to $799,999 3
$800,000 or more 4
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE 4
* If applicants score 0 points in this section, their registration will be disqualified. ** If applicants are proposing a key staff member and score less than 2 points in this section, their registration will be disqualified.

When assessing the proposed investment, the BC PNP will consider the following:

Assessment Points
Investment proposal does not correspond to the type or scale of the business 0
Investment proposal corresponds to the type and scale of the business 4
Investment proposal corresponds to the type and scale of the business, the market, the proposed products and/or services,the business model, and the industry standard. 6
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE 6
Applicants can obtain up to 4 points for ownership percentage based on the following:

Ownership percentage Points
100% ownership
4
More than 50% and less than 100 %
3
33 1/3% to 50%
2
Less than 33 1/3% ownership*
0
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE
4

* If an applicant's ownership is less than 33 1/3 per cent, a minimum investment of $1 million must be made in order to not be disqualified.

The BC PNP awards applicant's a maximum of 2 points if the applicant can demonstrate the ability to address any potential risk factors of the proposed business. The following are risk factors that could result in the 2 point deduction:

  • proposing external financing or
  • proposing to invest more than 50% of Personal Net Worth or
  • proposing to partner with a co-registrant.

Transferability of Skills

The BC PNP will assigns candidates point for their transferable skills, which are skills that demonstrate the similarity between the occupation and industry where a candidate obtained business/work experience to that of their proposed business in B.C. Once a candidate is invited to apply, the BC PNP will assess those skills once an application is received.

The BC PNP defines direct experience as experience gained in the same industry and sector corresponding to the first three digits of the proposed NAICS number. Related experience is defined as experience gained in a similar industry operating in a related business line as the proposed business.

For business and/or work experience points, the applicant must have worked as an active owner-manager in a similar business or as a senior manager in a similar position within the past 10 years before applying.

If an applicant has business ownership and senior management work experience, their business experience score will be a combination of business experience and work experience. The maximum Transferability of Skills score is 20.

Transferability of Skills Points
Business experience only
12+ months of experience in an unrelated industry
2
12 months or less of direct experience or 12 to 36 months of related experience
5
13 to 24 months of direct experience or 37+ months of related experience
8
13 to 24 months of direct experience and 37+ months of related experience
10
25 to 36 months of direct experience
12
25 to 36 months of direct experience and 37+ months of related experience
14
37 to 60 months of direct experience
16
37 to 60 months of direct experience and 37+ months of related experience
18
More than 60 months of direct experience
20
Maximum Score Available
20
Work experience only 12+ months of experience in an unrelated industry 2
12 months or less of direct experience or 12 to 36 months of related experience 4
13 to 36 months of direct experience or 37+ months of related experience 6
13 to 36 months of direct experience and 37+ months of related experience 8 8
37 to 60 months of direct experience 10
37 to 60 months of direct experience and 37+ months of related experience 12
More than 60 months of direct experience 14
Maximum Score Available 14
Language ability Minimal to none (Similar to CLB 3 or below) 0
Basic language proficiency (Similar to CLB 4) 1
Intermediate or above language proficiency (Similar to CLB 5 or above) 2
Maximum Score Available 2

Economic Benefits

Applicants will be awarded up to 30 points for their business's potential to contribute to B.C's economic growth. Applicants will be required to provide proof of the proposed Economic Benefit factors. The Economic Benefit points are based on the following:

Overall Economic Benefits Points Points
Key Sector & Significant Economic Benefit 12
Jobs assessment 6
High-skilled jobs (NOC 0, A or B) 4
Regional Development 8
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE
30

Applicants will be awarded 3 points for this Economic Benefits Factor even if no key sectors or significant economic benefits have been identified. Applicants are awarded 8 points if they provide evidence of at least 1 key sector or significant economic benefit. If applicants can provide evidence of at least 1 key sector and 1 significant economic benefit, they can obtain 12 points towards their overall Economic Benefits points.

The following Key Sectors are eligible for additional points:

  • Agrifoods: food production and food processing
  • Technology and Green Economy
  • Forestry
  • Transportation
  • International Education: proposed accredited educational institutions that offer educational programs in B.C. to foreign students
  • Biomedical: includes research and development, manufacturing, etc.
  • Mining & Energy or Natural Gas Sector
  • Destination Tourism: businesses that target tourists directly where its products/services are the tourist attractions rather than businesses that offer spin-off activities from the tourism industry
  • Value-Added Manufacturing: for businesses the offer high-value added manufacturing – not basic or simple assembly of foreign-made products
  • Aboriginal Peoples and First Nations: partnering with or receiving support from First Nations communities for businesses that affect the First Nation community, and/or largely benefit First Nations communities

Other significant economic benefits that the proposed business may demonstrate:

  • Adopting new technology: the new technology must not already be in regular use in similar business
  • Developing new products & services
  • Developing innovative approaches to traditional businesses: innovative approaches are considered high-value (technology-based) and not already in regular use by similar businesses
  • Increasing exports: primary businesses that will/may increase exports. This does not include businesses that facilitate exports/trade such as trading companies or agencies
  • Increasing research and development, and technology commercialization
  • Providing products or services to an under-served local or regional market
  • Transferring technology and specialized knowledge to B.C.: facilitates and/or supports the high technology industry, and/or provides opportunities to develop technology products/services in B.C.
The BC PNP will examine applicants' job plan based on the type and scope of the proposed business, the market, the proposed products and/or services, the business model, and the industry standard. The score will be assigned based on the following:

Jobs Assessment Points
The business concept does not support the creation of at least 1 FTE* position, or, if proposing a key staff, the creation of at least 3 FTE positions 0**
Jobs plan does not correspond to the type and scale of the business 1
Jobs plan corresponds to the type and scale of the business 6
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE
6

*An FTE is a position of at least 30 hours per week on average and 1,560 hours per year, filled by 1+ employees under continuous employment. Employees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

**A candidate who obtains 0 points for Job Assessment will be disqualified.

When assessing jobs plans, the BC PNP may award points for applicants proposing to create or maintain high-skilled occupations (NOC 0, A or B). If the business concept does not include high-skilled positions, the applicant will not receive any points under this factor. The creation or maintenance of 1 high-skilled position awards applicants 2 points and 2 or more positions result in the maximum available score of 4 points for this Economic Benefits factor.

The BC PNP will take the following considerations when evaluating the proposed jobs plan:

  • The jobs plan provides insufficient or incomplete information where the BC PNP cannot determine whether the business concept supports the creation of the minimum FTE requirement. Or, the jobs plan only proposes the creation of occupations that are typically contracted out or do not meet the minimum 30 hours per week (or 1,560 hours per year).
  • The proposed job creation plan is not substantiated, or appears overstated and/or unreasonable based on the type and scale of the business (and expansion plan, if applicable), and/or industry norms. If purchasing an existing business, the job creation plan is inconsistent with the proposed expansion plan and/or historical financial information.
  • The jobs plan appears consistent with the business model and corresponds to the type and scale of the business. Satisfactory information provided.
  • The NOC code and whether it corresponds to the job title and proposed duties.
  • The proposed occupations are substantiated and are typically employed as full-time positions within the same industry and/or business scale.
  • The proposed wages appear to be consistent with industry norms (for this stage of the business life cycle).
Depending on the location of the proposed business, applicants may be awarded up to 8 points towards Regional Development under Economic Benefits.

Development Region of B.C. Points
Lower Mainland / Southwest 2
Vancouver Island and Coast 4
Thompson / Okanagan 4
Cariboo 6
Kootenay 8
Nechako 8
North Coast 8
Northeast 8
MAXIMUM SCORE AVAILABLE 8

Final Scoring and the Selection Pool

The BC PNP will assign scores to the Business Concept and calculate the candidate's final score.

If the candidate qualifies for the selection pool, he or she will receive an email confirmation from the BC PNP. Candidates are able to view their final registration score, including scores for each section.

  • Registrations that meet the minimum points total in every section will be entered into the selection pool.
  • Registrations that qualify for the selection pool are valid for 180 days (approximately six months).
  • If a candidate is not invited to apply to the BC PNP within six months of qualifying, the registration will expire. At that time, he or she may submit a new registration to the BC PNP.
  • Registrants may only have one active BC PNP registration at any given time.
  • If the candidate is proposing a partnership with a co-registrant, the total score of the lowest-scoring registrant(s) will be applied to all co-registrants.

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