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British Columbia Pilot now Permanent Driver

British Columbia offers permanent residency or migration opportunities for specific occupations in certain sectors, those in long-haul truck driving included. The other two sectors are Tourism and Hospitality and Food Processing. (See list of eligible occupations below)

October 27, 2011

British Columbia Pilot now Permanent Driver

 Long-haul truck drivers were able to apply for permanent residency through a pilot project under British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).  The driver route to residency is no longer a pilot.

 After intense lobbying from the British Columbia Trucking Association, the ability to apply for permanent residency through BC PNP has become permanent and no longer under a pilot program.

In a news story, trucknews.com reported that “British Columbia has announced that it will be marketing its program and work opportunities to immigrants specifically from Latin America, Eastern Europe, Russia, and India, although applicants from all over the world are invited to apply. The province is also requesting that Ottawa increase the number of nominations it is allowed to give out as it is currently limited to 3,500.”

Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, welcome the changes as a development that “will significantly enhance the effectiveness of the BC PNP in promoting job creation and economic growth in B.C.'s regions.  The program is a vital component of our jobs plan and one that benefits every region of British Columbia through job-creating investments and by helping to meet the growing demand for workers in key sectors of our economy."

Two other sectors – Tourism/ Hospitality  and Food Processing – allow individuals to apply for permanent residency after having worked temporarily and legally for nine (9) months   

The eligible occupations in the Tourism and Hospitality are:

Occupations in Travel and Accommodation

  • 6435 Hotel Front Desk Clerks

Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations

  • 6441 Tour and Travel Guides
  • 6442 Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides
  • 6443 Casino Occupations

Occupations in Food and Beverage Service

  • 6451 Maîtres d’hotel and Hosts/Hostesses
  • 6452 Bartenders
  • 6453 Food and Beverage Servers

Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations

  • 6641 Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations

Note: Applications for Cooks who meet the employment requirements for this occupation (NOC 6242) are considered under the Skilled Worker category.

Cleaners (employed directly by hotels/resorts)

  • 6661 Light Duty Cleaners
  • 6662 Specialized Cleaners
  • 6663 Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
  • 6672 Other Attendants in Accommodation and Travel: Doorkeeper, Hotel Guest Services Attendant

Other Elemental Service Occupations (employed directly by hotels/resorts)

  • 6681 Dry Cleaning  and Laundry Occupations (Hotels/Resorts only)
  • 6682 Ironing, Pressing and Finishing Occupations (Hotels/Resorts only)
  • 6683 Other Elemental Service Occupations: Attendant, Sauna Room (Hotels/Resorts only), Hotel Valet

For Food Processing, the following occupations are eligible for BC PNP:

  • 9461 Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing
  • 9462 Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers
  • 9463 Fish Plant Workers
  • 9465 Testers and Graders, Food and Beverage Processing
  • 9617 Labourers in Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing
  • 9618 Labourers in Fish Processing

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