B.C. is leading the country in economic growth and will continue to rely on economic immigration to support job opportunities in our growing economy.
The B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the Province’s only direct economic immigration tool for bringing in new British Columbians.
It provides a pathway to permanent residence for highly skilled, in-demand workers and experienced entrepreneurs so they can settle in B.C. and raise a family.
- Since the 2001 inception of the program, more than 37,000 workers and entrepreneurs have been attracted to the province through the PNP.
- In 2016, BC PNP nominated 91 entrepreneurs who had invested in new or existing B.C. businesses and demonstrated an active management role, investing $39 million and creating 170 Jobs.
- The federal government has set B.C.’s quota of PNP nominations for 2017 at 6,000.
- In 2016, nominations were originally set at 5,800 and raised to 6,000 after discussions with the federal government.
- Similarly in 2015, that allocation was 5,500 and the province secured an additional 300 to achieve 5,800.
- Past B.C. PNP allocations from the federal government :
- 2014 – 4,150
- 2013 – 3,800
- 2012 – 3,500
- 2011 – 3,500
- B.C. uses its full PNP allocation every year.
- Thanks to many updates to B.C.’s PNP over the past year, including the recent Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), processing times for those invited to apply to the PNP is two to three months, down from the previous 16 months.
- In 2015, approximately 20% of British Columbia’s total immigrants and 30% of economic immigrants came through the PNP.
Media RelationsMinistry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour