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)
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
Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations
Occupations in Food and Beverage Service
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)
Other Elemental Service Occupations (employed directly by hotels/resorts)
For Food Processing, the following occupations are eligible for BC PNP: