Published on July 14, 2020
British Columbia has seen a boost in the number of skilled workers who entered the province via its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in 2019. According to statistics, 2019 was a big year for immigration with reference to nominees, registrants, and the Tech Pilot.
The immigration stream, Skills Immigration (SI), is managed by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). It targets skilled foreign workers looking to settle in the westmost province of Canada. Almost 99% of all the candidates nominated for permanent residence by the province are classified under the category. The Entrepreneur Immigration accounts for the other 1%.
The BC PNP saw the highest number of registrants in 2019. It also happened to be the most successful year for the Tech Pilot. British Columbia issued the maximum number of provincial nominations last year, as stated by the annual statistical report. The province provided permanent residence to 6,551 people through provincial nominations.
Skills Immigration stream:
This is a pathway that is available for eligible foreign workers who want permanent residence and already have a job offer in British Columbia. The stream has five categories, and four of them work alongside the federal government’s Express Entry system.
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category — for entry-level or semi-skilled workers who have jobs in tourism, food processing, long-haul trucking or hospitality.