Canada PR through BC Provincial Nominee Program

Author: Parminder Singh LL.B (Canada)

There are 3 ways to immigrate to Canada through BC PNP program

1. Employment based Immigration
2. International Post Graduates Pilot Project
3. Business based Immigration

1. Employment based Immigration

Salient features

  • Fast Track Canada PR processing
  • All occupations require a job offer from a BC employer
  • Unskilled or Semi skilled trades in tourism, food processing and long haul trucking are also eligible
  • Nurses, doctors and midwives are eligible
  • All unskilled or semi-skilled occupations from NOC Matrix C or D are eligible in Northeast Development Region of BC
  • All skilled occupations from O, A or B levels of NOC Matrix are eligible if their outlook is positive as per HRSDC’s Job market trends

There are 4 types of workers who are eligible under this category

  1. Skilled Workers
  2. International Graduates
  3. Health Professionals
  4. Unskilled and Semi-skilled workers

1. Skilled Workers


The applicant MUST have

  • Skill Type 0, A and B of the NOC Matrix  (Managers, Professionals or Skilled workers)
  • A job offer from a BC employer
  • A job offer for which  outlook is positive as per HRSDC’s Job market trends


  • All skill types of O, A or B level of NOC Matrix are eligible provided they have positive outlook as per HRSDC’s Job market trends
  • Unique and specialized skills required by BC employers are taken into consideration while assessing outlook for these skill types

2. International Graduates


The applicant MUST have

  • Skill Type 0, A and B of the NOC Matrix
  • A Diploma or degree from BC or another Canadian province of at least a year’s duration
  • A Job offer from a BC employer


  • No Previous work experience is required,
  • skill type C and D is also eligible if the employer can demonstrate that the applicant will progress towards skill type O, A or B and the applicant can demonstrate a 4.5 bands ( 4.5 Listening, 3.5 reading, 4 Speaking, 4 writing)  )in IELTS for skill type C and D

3. Health Professionals


The applicants MUST be

  • Registered Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Physicians


  • Nurses must be registered, or be eligible for registration, with the College of Registered Nurses of BC or the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC.
  • Nurses must have a job offer and be recruited by provincial health authorities administered through placement agency Health Match BC
  • Physicians must have practiced in BC on a work permit for at least nine months
  • Physicians must have a job offer and be recruited by provincial health authorities administered through placement agency Health Match BC
  • Midwives must be eligible for registration with the College of Midwives of British Columbia.
  • Midwives must provide a Letter of Confirmation from an established practice group in British Columbia confirming their acceptance for a period of at least six months. This letter is required in place of the Job Offer.

4. Unskilled and Semi-Skilled Workers

This category is intended to address critical and persistent labour shortages and to support the export oriented economy of the province of BC

The Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category of the NOC Matrix C or D includes:

  • All over BC province, applicants in the NOC Matrix C or D occupations in tourism/hospitality, food processing and long-haul trucking are eligible
  • Only in the Northeast Development Region of BC, the applicants in all occupations under NOC Matrix C or D are eligible under the two-year (ending in March 2014) Northeast Pilot Project, intended to support critical labour shortages.


The Applicant must have

  • Proof of basic English IELTS (4.5 Listening, 3.5 Reading, 4 Speaking, 4 Writing)
  • 12 years of education
  • A job offer from a BC employer
  • Been working for a BC employer for 9 months in the occupations of
  1. Tourism and Hospitality; Long Haul Trucking; Food Processing or
  2. Any NOC C or D skill type in the Northeast Development Region


2. International Post Graduates Pilot Project

Masters or PH.D degree holders from BC


The applicant MUST have

  • Fulfilled the requirements for master’s or PH.D degree but need to have the degree before applying
  • Intention to settle in BC (indicated by connections to BC through family, friends, employment and stay in BC)
  • Ability to economically establish in BC (indicated by job prospects, funds etc.)
  • Studied natural, applied or health sciences. This includes, but not limited to, programs in the following fields of study:
  1. Agriculture
  2. Physical Sciences
  3. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  4. Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
  5. Mathematics and Statistics
  6. Computer Sciences
  7. Engineering
  8. Natural Resources Conservation and Research


  • Distance learning programs done while residing out of BC are not eligible.
  • The applicants should apply for federal post graduate work permits while their BC PNP applications are under process so that they may remain in Canada during the processing of their BC PNP applications and ultimately their Canada PR applications

FAQ: How to find jobs in BC ?

Answer: Click here. For health occupations such as Nurses and Doctors, the BC PNP only accepts job offers received through the placement agency Health Match BC