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 British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program 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 British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program 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.

You can learn all about the BC PNP by watching our webinar, produced in partnership with Jenny Perez, a regulated Canadian immigration consultant and founder of Perez McKenzie Immigration — based in BC! For individual guidance, you can book a consultation with Jenny here.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program 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 AuthorityYesNoJob offer from a BC health authority, or in a priority healthcare 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 AuthorityYesNoJob offer from a BC health authority, or in a priority healthcare 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.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program requirements

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

Getting help

To get started with the BC PNP, check out this step-by-step guide prepared by Jenny Perez, the founder of BC-based immigration consultancy, Perez McKenzie Immigration. For personalized advice, you can book a consultation with Jenny and her team here.

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British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program 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.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program nominations

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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.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program source countries

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

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program occupations

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