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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program offers an economic immigration pathway for in demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs who can contribute to the economic development demands of the province.


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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
Updated August 29, 2016 | Canada

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:

  • BC PNP - Skills Immigration
    • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
    • Skills Immigration – Health Care Professional
    • Skills Immigration – International Graduate
    • Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate
    • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (Including employment in the Northeast Development Region of B.C.)
  • BC PNP - Express Entry BC
    • Express Entry BC – International Post-Graduate
    • Express Entry BC – Health Care Professional
    • Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
    • Express Entry BC – International Graduate
  • BC PNP - Entrepreneur Immigration

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:

  • Your employer has offered, and you have accepted, indeterminate, full-time employment in an eligible occupation with the exception of the Skills Immigration - International Post-Graduate and EEBC-International Post-Graduate sub-streams.
    • You must be qualified for the offered position and possess the license or registration to work in an occupation if your profession is regulated.  The BC PNP may refer to the National Occupational Classification (NOC), WorkBC or industry standards to determine the minimum qualifications for an occupation.
    • The wage you have been offered must be competitive with B.C. wage rates for the occupation. You must refer to individual category requirements for the wages.
  • For occupations classified under National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Levels B, C, and D occupations, you must demonstrate English or French language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark 2000 (CLB) level 4.
    • However, at its discretion, the BC PNP may require valid language test results to demonstrate that you have the language proficiency to perform the duties of the position.
    • If you are registering and/or applying with a job offer in a National Occupational Classification Skill Level 0 or A occupation, you are not required to submit valid language test results.

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+

  • You must demonstrate that you meet minimum income requirements.
    • Remember, IRCC's maintenance fund requirement is separate from the BC PNP's minimum income requirements. Under the EEBC stream, you may also have to show that you meet the minimum proof of settlement funds criteria of one of the federal economic immigration programs subject to the Express Entry.
    • All applicants to the BC Express Entry streams, except for BCEE International Post-graduate stream, must meet the BC PNP minimum income requirements below:

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

  •  You must not have an ownership/equity stake of more than 10 percent in the B.C. company that has offered you employment.
  • Your employment must provide economic benefit to B.C. For example, your employment will contribute to:
    • Building the workforce for a major project
    • Maintaining or creating jobs for Canadians
    • Transferring knowledge and skills to Canadians
    • Supporting the development of proprietary new products
    • Your employment must not adversely affect the settlement of a labour dispute, or the employment of anyone involved in any such dispute, or adversely impact training or employment opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • If invited to apply, you must submit the $550 application fee with your online application before your application will be processed. Incomplete applications will not be processed and fees may not be refunded.

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:

  • Your full-time employment must be with a public health authority as one of the following:
    • Physician
    • Specialist MD
    • Registered Nurse
    • Registered Psychiatric Nurse
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • An allied health professional such as a:
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
    • Clinical Pharmacist
    • Medical Laboratory Technologist
    • Medical Radiation Technologist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physiotherapist
    • Midwife (additional conditions must be met)
  • 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 - INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE

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

  • You should have graduated from a Canadian university or college within a two-year period. You degree, diploma or certificate must be from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada.
  • A job offer for a full-time, indeterminate position that typically requires a university of college education at a wage that meets industry standards

SKILLS IMMIGRATION - INTERNATIONAL POST-GRADUATE

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

  • You graduated from a B.C. post-secondary institution with a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences within the past two years. You do not need a job offer from an employer to apply to this category.
  • Your master's or doctorate degree must be in one of the following programs of study:
    • Physical 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
  • Evidence that you intend to reside in British Columbia

SKILLS IMMIGRATION - ENTRY LEVEL AND SEMI-SKILLED

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

  • Work experience in either:
    • An eligible occupation in the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking or food processing industry
    • Or the Northeast Development Region of B.C. in any occupation listed as skill level C or D in the National Occupational Classification Matrix
  • Completion of secondary education and any licensing or certification required for your job.

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

  • Occupations in Travel and Accommodation
    • Hotel Front Desk Clerks
  • Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations
    • Casino Occupations
    • Tour and Travel Guides
    • Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides
  • Occupations in Food and Beverage Service
    • Maîtres d’hotel and Hosts/Hostesses
    • Bartenders
    • Food and Beverage Servers
  • Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
    • Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
    • Bartenders
    • Food and Beverage Servers
  • Cleaners (Employed Directly by Hotels/Restaurants)
    • Specialized Cleaners
    • Janitors, Caretakers and Building superintendents
    • Light Duty Cleaners
    • Support Occupations in Accommodation, Travel and Facilities Set-Up Services
  • Must be employed Directly by Hotels/Resorts ONLY:
    • Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Related Occupations
    • Other Service Support Occupations
  • Food Processing
    • Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing
    • Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers
    • Fish and Seafood Plant Workers
    • Testers and Graders, Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing Labourers in Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing
    • Labourers in Fish and Seafood Processing
  • Long-Haul Truck Driver

>>> 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:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

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:

  • Skilled Worker - managers, professionals and skilled tradespeople
  • Health Care Professional - physicians, registered nurses and other health care workers employed with provincial health authorities
  • International Graduate - with a degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university
  • International Post-Graduate - with a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a B.C. university. Note that for this category only, a job offer is not required

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

  • Meet the criteria for at least one of the federal economic immigration programs subject to IRCC’s Express Entry system;
  • Obtain an IRCC Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code, and indicate your interest in immigrating to B.C.;
  • Receive a nomination under one of the BC PNP’s EEBC categories.

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:

  • An IRCC Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code
  • Your offer of full-time permanent employment is from a public health authority as one of the following:
    • Physician
    • Specialist MD
    • Registered Nurse
    • Registered Psychiatric Nurse
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • An allied health professional such as a:
      • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
      • Clinical Pharmacist
      • Medical Laboratory Technologist
      • Midwife (additional conditions must be met)

EXPRESS ENTRY BC - INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE

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

  • An IRCC Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code
  • A degree, diploma or certificate from an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada
  • A job offer for a full-time, permanent position that typically requires a university or college education at a wage that meets industry standards

EXPRESS ENTRY BC - INTERNATIONAL POST-GRADUATE

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

  • An IRCC Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code
  • A master's or doctoral degree received within the past two years from an eligible program at a post-secondary institution in B.C.  Your degree must be in one of the following programs of study:
    • 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
  • Evidence that you intend to reside in B.C.

>>> 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:

  • You must demonstrate active management in a B.C.-based business
  • You must demonstrate:
    • Residence within 100 kilometers of the business you operate in B.C.
    • That you were a resident in B.C. for at least 75% of the time while on a work permit.
  • You must prove that you are admissible.

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:

  • An immigration-linked investment scheme pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations 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
  • Pay day 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 collectibles, or 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.

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

About the Authors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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