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Immigration pilot program helps drive economic growth

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Jobs, Trade and Technology

Immigration pilot program helps drive economic growth

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Media Relations
Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
778 698-2892

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Information on the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot

The following municipalities and areas within three regional districts around B.C. are participating in the pilot. Additional communities will be added as they enrol:

  • Barriere
  • Burns Lake
  • Castlegar and surrounding area
  • Courtenay, Comox and areas within the Comox Valley Regional District
  • Gibsons
  • Kimberley
  • Mackenzie
  • Merritt
  • Nelson
  • Port Alberni
  • Powell River
  • Prince George
  • Quesnel
  • Rossland
  • Sechelt
  • Squamish
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District
  • Terrace
  • Trail
  • Tumbler Ridge
  • Vernon
  • Williams Lake

To enrol in the pilot, communities must have a population of fewer than 75,000 and be located 30 kilometres away from a municipality of more than 75,000. They must also identify three priority economic development sectors.

Successful applicants must maintain a minimum of 51% ownership (local partnerships are permitted) of their business and live in the community. They must also have more than three years of experience as an active business owner or more than four years as a senior manager within the last five years.

Interested foreign entrepreneurs are required to visit the community and present their business idea to make sure their business plan is consistent with the community's economic priorities.

Applicants to the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot must have a personal net worth of $300,000, make a minimum investment of $100,000 in a new business and create one new job.

For the existing B.C. Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur Immigration base category, applicants may start or purchase an existing business, must have a net worth of $600,000, a business investment of $200,000 and create one new job.

Foreign entrepreneurs invited to apply must submit an online application within four months of their invitation.

In 2018, 152 invitations were issued through the B.C. Provincial Nominee Entrepreneur Immigration base category. The entrepreneur immigration program has generated more than 2,000 jobs since 2010.

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