The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC-PNP) is an immigration program through which a broad range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs can settle in British Columbia permanently.

The BC-PNP is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). It is one of the most varied of all the PNPs, with two broad streams for workers and graduates — Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration — plus an additional stream for entrepreneurs.

These streams are further divided into various categories. Some BC-PNP categories are aligned with Canada’s federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Successful applicants under one of these categories obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.

Furthermore, some BC-PNP categories are managed under a unique system, known as the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Under the SIRS, potential applicants are first required to register a profile and provide some personal information relating to their job offer in BC, work experience, language ability, and level of education. The SIRS works on an Expression of Interest / Invitation to Apply basis, whereby registered candidates are assigned a score (out of 200), and the BC government conducts periodic draws in which candidates who meet the cut-off threshold for their category in that draw are invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

Though some BC-PNP categories require applicants to have a job offer from a BC employer, certain categories managed outside the SIRS do not require applicants to have a job offer.

The BC-PNP also offers the BC PNP Tech program, introduced in 2017, whereby tech and IT workers may immigrate to BC and obtain Canadian permanent residence.

BC-PNP overview

Express Entry BC

CategoryJob offer required?Aligned with SIRS?Basic criteria
Skilled workerYesYesJob offer in a skilled position
International GraduateYesYesJob offer in a skilled position; studied at post-secondary level in Canada
International Post-GraduateNoNoGraduated Master’s/PhD program in BC in natural, applied or health sciences
Health care professionalYesNoJob offer in a listed health occupation

Skills Immigration

CategoryJob offer required?Aligned with SIRS?Basic criteria
Skilled workerYesYesJob offer in a skilled position
International GraduateYesYesJob offer in a skilled position; studied at post-secondary level in Canada
International Post-GraduateNoNoGraduated Master’s/PhD program in BC in natural, applied or health sciences
Health care professionalYesNoJob offer in a listed health occupation
Entry Level and Semi-SkilledYesYesJob offer in tourism/hospitality, trucking, or food processing industry

Entrepreneur Immigration

CategoryJob offer required?Aligned with SIRS?Basic criteria
Entrepreneur ImmigrationNo, but must create at least one jobNoHigh net worth; business proposal

As the table above shows, the BC-PNP is a highly varied Canadian immigration program containing multiple categories. Which categories work with which system(s) may also be presented in a diagram.

BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System

You can find out which BC-PNP categories are open right now, in our PNP Canada Live Tracker.

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BC PNP Year-End Report 2019

In June, 2020, British Columbia released a report revealing the details of the BC PNP in 2019. The report showed the following findings:

Total Nominations: BC issued a total of 6,551 nominations in 2019. The bulk of these went to candidates in BC’s Skills Immigration streams, with a close split between Express Entry candidates and those applying outside of the Express Entry pool.

Source: BC PNP.

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Source Countries: BC revealed that 75 percent of all Skills Immigration nominations went to candidates from the top 10 source countries. India and China accounted for nearly half of all nominations.

Source: BC PNP.

Top occupations: BC reported the top 10 occupations to receiving nominations. The occupations were varied across several fields.

Source: BC PNP.

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