The Pacific Ocean is British Columbia's western boundary.  B.C. is therefore Canada's westernmost province and is the third largest, including the many islands off its coast.  Alberta lies at the eastern side of B.C., Yukon and the Northwest Territories are to the north.  Alaska, a U.S. state lies to the northwest of B.C. To the south of B.C. are three other U.S. states: Washington, Idaho and Montana. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria which is on Vancouver Island.  Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada.  The province is truly multicultural and the top 10 languages spoken are English, Chinese (including Cantonese and Mandarin), Punjabi, German, French, Tagalog, Korean, Spanish, Persian, and Italian.

Forestry is the largest industry but mining (copper, coal, gold, silver, zinc) is a large concern, being the third largest industry in the province.  B.C. has some of the lowest power costs in North America and is Canada's second largest generator of hydroelectricity and natural gas. A number of people use solar, wind or even small hydrogenerators to create their own power. Tourism is a likewise a huge undertaking and lately, British Columbia has become an international education centre. If you are of a film afficionado, B.C is the third largest film and television production centre in North America after New York and Los Angeles.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Programs

In January 2016, British Columbia launched a new intake system for its Provincial Nominee Program to align the immigration process with B.C.'s labour market and economic development prorities.

There are several categories under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), designed specifically to contribute positively to the province's evolving labour market and investment needs. The PNP is operated by the province and federal government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The main streams and their subcategories are as follows:

The first two categories, BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams, are intended for workers or international graduates with the skills, education and/or experience required for high-demand occupations in B.C.

The BC PNP works on a Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), a points-based system for candidates to know whether they will be invited to apply.  The SIRS score is known as a registration score and is based on factors that will determined your success in the labour market such as your level of education, years of direct work experience and a B.C. employment offer.

Future invitations will be issued by BC PNP to invite applicants from the selection pool for each category to apply.  Estimated levels for invitation are based on a combination of program and economic factors including annual nomination allocations and the capacity of the BC PNP to efficiently process applications.  To give you an idea on how Invitations were sent in 2016, just scroll down this table:

Date

Stream/Category

Minimum Score

Number of Invitations

August 4, 2016

EEBC - Skilled Worker

110

195

EEBC - International Graduate

105

91

SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

70

318

June 30, 2016

Entrepreneur Immigration

130

15

June 29, 2016

EEBC - Skilled Worker

135

46

EEBC - International Graduate

105

73

SI - International Graduate

105

170

SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

95

10

SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

95

10

June 2, 2016

EEBC - International Graduate

105

126

SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

88

70

May 31, 2016

Entrepreneur Immigration

133

16

May 12, 2016

EEBC - Skilled Worker

120

104

SI - Skilled Worker

120

49

April 8, 2016

EEBC - International Graduate

105

199

EEBC - Skilled Worker

135

30

SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled & Northeast Pilot Project

95

41

March 31, 2016

Entrepreneur Immigration

127

17

March 11, 2016

EEBC - Skilled Worker

135

58

SI - Skilled Worker

135

16

March 4, 2016

Entrepreneur Immigration

130

17

January 29, 2016

Entrepreneur Immigration

130

17

If you achieve or exceed set registration scores, you will receive an Invitation to Apply in the next draw for your category. Invitations are subject to change though and Invitations to Apply may be issued for registration scores lower than these:

Category

Guaranteed Registration Score

Skills Immigration - Skilled Worker

135

Skills Immigration - International Graduate

105

Skills Immigration - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (Includes the Northeast Pilot Project)

95

Express Entry BC - Skilled Worker

135

Express Entry BC - International Graduate

105

Eligibility Requirements for both the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration Streams

The following apply for both EEBC and SI Streams except where otherwise noted:

To check the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) of your International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score, check the table below:

CLB Level

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

4

4.5

3.5

4.0

4.0

5

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

6

5.5

5.0

5.5

5.5

7

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

8

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

9

8.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

10 and above

8.5 – 9.0

8.0 – 9.0

7.5 – 9.0

7.5 – 9.0

To check the NCLC (Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens) equivalent of your scores in the Test d'Évaluation de Français (TEF), check the table below:

NCLC Level

Speaking 

(expression orale)

Listening 

(compréhension de l'orale)

Reading 

(compréhension de l'écrit)

Writing 

(expression écrite)

4

181 – 225

145 – 180

121 – 150

181 – 225

5

226 – 270

181 – 216

151 – 180

226 – 270

6

271 – 309

217 – 248

181 – 206

271 – 309

7

310 – 348

249 – 279

207 – 232

310 – 348

8

349 - 370

280 - 297

233 - 247

349 - 370

9 and above

371+

298+

248+

371+

The following table is updated regularly based on the latest published Low-Income Cut-Off figures set by Statistics Canada

Size of Family

Metro Vancouver

Rest of B.C.

1

$21,895

$18,248

2

$27,257

$22,716

3

$33,510

$27,927

4

$40,685

$33,908

5

$46,145

$38,457

6

$52,043

$43,374

7 or more

$57,943

$48,290

BC PNP Skills Immigration Categories

SKILLS IMMIGRATION - SKILLED WORKER

In addition to meeting the general requirements, you must have a minimum two years of directly related full-time or full-time equivalent work experience in the skilled occupation that has been offered to you.  In addition, you must already possess the credentials and qualification requirements of the position.

SKILLS IMMIGRATION - HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL

You  must meet the general requirements and others specific to this sub-stream such as:

SKILLS IMMIGRATION - INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE

The following are additional eligibility requirements for this sub-stream:

SKILLS IMMIGRATION - INTERNATIONAL POST-GRADUATE

You  must meet the general requirements and others specific to this sub-stream such as:

SKILLS IMMIGRATION - ENTRY LEVEL AND SEMI-SKILLED

In addition to the general requirements, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

The following is a complete list of eligible occupations for this sub-stream:

>>> Check the National Occupational Classification HERE 

All EEBC categories, with the exception of EEBC – International Post-Graduate, require a valid offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from a B.C. employer.

>>>  Federal Skilled Worker Program

>>>  Federal Skilled Trades Program

>>>  Canadian Experience Class

In addition to meeting BC PNP requirements, you must also meet the minimum criteria for one of the following federal economic immigration programs:

Do note that the federal programs listed above require a language proficiency test at a prescribed level and may require an independent evaluation of your education that is assessed against Canadian standards.

To be eligible for the program, you will need to satisfy the criteria in one of the following categories:

You must meet all of the following EEBC requirements to receive priority processing of your permanent residence application. You must:

EXPRESS ENTRY BC - SKILLED WORKER

In addition to meeting the general requirements, you must have a minimum of two years of directly related full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation that has been offered to you. This job would be NOC skill levels 0, A or B.

EXPRESS ENTRY BC - HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL

To qualify for the BCEE - Health Care Professional sub-stream, you must meet the general requirements AND have the following:

EXPRESS ENTRY BC - INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE

In addition to meeting the general requirements, you must have the following:

EXPRESS ENTRY BC - INTERNATIONAL POST-GRADUATE

In addition to meeting the general requirements, you must have the following:

>>> CLICK Here to return to the General Page of Canada's Provincial Nominee Programs

BC Provincial Nominee Program: Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to invest in and actively manage a business in B.C.  The following are the General Nomination Requirements:

To register to the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream, you must have a minimum of $600,000 in personal net worth.  Your minimum personal investment is at least CAD200,000 in the proposed business.

You will be assigned migration points for your business and/or work experience, education during the last 10 years.  While the English language proficiency is NOT  a requirement to apply to the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Stream, you may be given points if you declare proficiency in the language.

Some businesses are ineligible under the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Stream:

Still not convinced that living in British Columbia isn't for you?  Check the following figures:

Expense

Victoria

Vancouver

Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant

 60.00

65.00

McMeal at McDonalds or equivalent combo meal

8.75

9.00

Cappuccino, regular

4.17

4.08

Milk, regular 1 liter

2.23

2.47

Loaf of Fresh White Bread, 500g

2.79

3.22

Rice, white 1 kg

4.39

4.16

Eggs, 12

3.66

4.12

Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless 1 kg

14.17

16.12

Beef Round 1 kg or equivalent back leg red meat

18.53

14.74

Apples, 1 kg

3.98

4.05

Banana, 1 kg

1.92

1.88

Oranges, 1 kg

3.96

4.07

Tomato, 1 kg

4.24

3.91

Potato, 1 kg

2.16

2.98

Onion, 1 kg

2.43

2.22

Water, 1.5 liter bottle

2.56

2.35

Monthly Bus Pass, Regular Price

85.00

91.00

Gasoline, 1 liter

1.13

1.22

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline or equivalent new car

22.500

22,000

1 Pair of Jeans, Levis 501 or similar

62.61

70.61

1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, etc.)

40.62

50.87

1 Pair of Nike running shoes, mid-range

108.61

113.10

Apartment, 1 bedroom in the city centre, 1 month rent

1,129.69

1,582.82

Apartment, 1 bedroom outside city centre, 1 month rent

928.55

1,155.47

Apartment, 3 bedrooms in the city centre, 1 month rent

2,030.00

3,184.17

Apartment, 3 bedrooms outside city centre, 1 month rent

1,676.00

2,233.48

Average monthly disposable salary, net after tax

2,960.73

2,943.48

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