British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program(BC PNP)

British Columbia, located on Canada’s west coast, is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, including coastal rainforests and majestic mountain ranges. Vancouver, its largest city, boasts a vibrant multicultural scene, while Victoria, the capital on Vancouver Island, exudes historical charm. The province is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities like hiking and skiing, and it’s committed to environmental sustainability with numerous protected areas. British Columbia also values its rich indigenous heritage, contributing to its diverse cultural identity.

canada provincial nomination program

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration program. It lets the Province select economic immigrants who will live in B.C. and help fill job vacancies or operate businesses.

If you are nominated, you and your family can apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence in Canada.

The BC PNP has two main components

Skills Immigration

The Skilled Worker stream is for experienced workers in a professional, management, technical, trade or other occupations to gain permanent residence in B.C.

Entrepreneur Immigration

BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) is a way for international entrepreneurs wishing to immigrate to British Columbia (B.C.) to set up businesses that support innovation and economic growth in the province.


Skill immigration

To qualify for this stream, you must:
Have accepted an indeterminate* (no defined end date), full-time, job offer from a B.C. employer
Your job offer must be classified as NOC TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3
Be qualified to perform the duties of the job
Have a minimum of two years of full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience at NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3
Meet minimum language requirements
Have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation
Show you can support yourself and your dependants

This stream also has an Express Entry BC option.

* Your job offer does not need to be indeterminate if it is in a priority technology occupation or is in NOC 41200 (university professors and lecturers).

Entrepreneur Immigration

Entrepreneur Immigration is a “temporary to permanent” immigration pathway. That means that if you are approved, you will initially come to B.C. as a temporary resident, and then apply to stay permanently once you have successfully started a business.

Streams for entrepreneurs:

Personal requirements

  1. personal net worth of at least CAD$600,000
  2. business and/or management experience; if no business experience, must have the equivalent of a 2-year post-secondary diploma
  3. basic English or French language skill equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher
  4. have been lawfully admitted in the country where you currently live
    have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada

Business, job and investment requirements

  • establish an eligible new business or buy and improve an existing business
  • make an eligible personal investment of at least CAD$200,000 in the business
  • create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

British Columbia welcomes entrepreneurs from around the world to discover the many business opportunities across all regions of the province. Entrepreneurs can open a business in one of B.C.’s smaller communities and experience first-hand why many choose to live outside of a large urban center for their families.

Through the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Regional Pilot, the Province offers an immigration pathway for enterprising individuals who are looking to start a new business in a small community and make B.C. their new home.

The EI Regional Pilot was introduced in March 2019 and has been extended to March 31, 2024.


The EI - Regional Pilot is designed for foreign entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a new business in a smaller community. If you want to settle in one that is not participating in the EI Regional Pilot, or purchase an existing business, you are not eligible for this stream.

Before considering the EI Regional Pilot, become familiar with the program criteria and check your eligibility. To qualify, you must:

  • establish an eligible new business aligned with the priorities of the referring community
  • show business and/or management experience
  • have a personal net worth of at least CAD$300,000
  • make an eligible personal investment of at least CAD$100,000 in the business
  • create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • demonstrate a minimum language proficiency of CLB4
  • have, or be eligible for, legal immigration status in Canada
  • have been lawfully admitted in the country where you currently live

The Strategic Projects stream is for foreign corporations who have identified strategic investment opportunities in B.C. to establish operations that are integral to the growth and expansion of their core business.

This stream enables foreign corporations to permanently transfer key staff with the corporate knowledge and expertise to B.C. The foreign corporation may apply for provincial nomination to support the permanent residence of up to five of its current senior employees. These employees will actively manage the B.C. operation.


The foreign corporation must:

  • make a minimum equity investment of at least $500,000 directed toward the corporation’s operations in B.C.
  • establish new or purchase and expand an eligible business in B.C.
  • create at least three new full-time equivalent jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents for each foreign key staff member proposed (to a maximum of five key staff)

Benefits for your family

With provincial nomination, your entire family, including your spouse and children under 22 years of age (at the time of submitting the provincial nomination application), can submit for Canada Permanent Resident to enjoy most of the benefits like Canadian citizen

During the wait for permanent residency, your family can apply to come, work and study in Canada
When you become Canada Permanent Resident
British Columbia provincial nominee program

What can we help you?

Each program has its specific requirements; please contact us for personalized guidance.

Profile Assessment

Our experts evaluate your eligibility, ensuring you meet program requirements and success with provincial nomination

Application Preparation

Our RCIC and expert team help you complete and submit your application accurately, including assisting you in crafting a strong business plan for entrepreneur streams

Secure a Job Offers

We can assist in searching for job in Canada. We can also help you understand the requirements for a valid job offer, resume preparation and interview coaching.

Post-Arrival Support

We also assist in your transition to Canada

Take the first step towards your family's Canadian dream

Book a consultation today to explore immigration options and secure your family's future in Canada.
GTR Immigration - Free Discussion in June