Province of British Columbia launched a two-year pilot program for the businessmen looking to start and run their own business in the smaller communities of the province. This new program is to attract new business in the province that will help in creating jobs and bring investment into the province, for the economic development of British Columbia.
These smaller communities in the province of British Columbia have population less than 75,000 people that are located more than 30 km from any larger city. The aim of this regional pilot program is to distribute the economic benefits of immigration uniformly throughout the province of British Columbia.
Launched on March 14, 2019, Businessmen who are able to get the approval through the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) – Regional pilot, will get a temporary work permit that will allow them to establish and run their own business in the province. The time period for the business will be for a minimum of one year that is in accordance with the terms of the Performance Agreement. If the business is able to meet the terms of the Performance Agreement, the entrepreneur will get their provincial nomination and will be able to apply for Canada PR Visa to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
In this page w will be discussing the following topics related to the BC PNP Entrepreneur Regional Pilot Program:
What are the key features of the BC PNP Regional Pilot Program?
Following are the key features for the British Columbia Regional Pilot Program:
Eligibility criteria to apply for BC PNP Entrepreneur Regional Pilot Program
Following are the eligibility criteria that an Entrepreneur must meet in order to be eligible for BC PNP EI Regional Pilot. For this candidate must:
Communities also have to clear there some eligibility criteria to be enrolled in the regional pilot program. As mentioned before they need to have a population that is under 75,000 and must be within 30 km from a larger city with more population than 75,000. Communities also have to prove that they will be able to provide the newcomer entrepreneur with a network of settlement and business agencies. Community representatives are responsible to attend immigration and pilot-specific training prior to hosting exploratory visits and referring prospective applicants of the regional pilot program.
To apply under this program, candidates need to request a referral from an enrolled community in the program.
Step by Step process to apply for BC PNP El Regional Pilot Process
For are the Steps to apply under the BC PNP El Regional Pilot Process:
Check the Eligibility
Candidates first have to whether they are eligible to apply under this program. If they are able to meet the requirements than they are able to apply for the BC PNP Entrepreneur Regional Pilot Process.
Conduct a Community Exploratory Visit
Applicants need to conduct an exploratory visit to the community they are planning to establish their business. During their exploratory visit, the applicant is needed to present the community representative with a business proposal. The main purpose of this visit is to get a community referral being a requirement to register under this program.
Under the business proposal, the applicant must provide with a business plan to establish a business with the sole purpose of earning profit in the B.C community. Established business must be able to show the potential for long-term financial success.
For the community referral, applicant:
Submit registration and obtain the Score
Once the candidate is able to get the referral, the applicant will be able to submit their application to the BC PNP. This application will consist of information like age, work experience, education, language proficiency, net worth and details related to the proposed business.
Once the registration is done, the candidate’s profile will be awarded points out of 200. These points are awarded in the following manner:
|Scoring Sections||Points Awarded|
|Business owner-manager or senior management experience||22|
|Total Personal Investment||10|
|Jobs created and/or maintained||15|
|Location: Population size of the enrolled community||6|
|Location: Regional district of the enrolled community||12|
|Adaptability: Minimum Language Proficiency||23|
|Adaptability: Education Level||16|
|Adaptability: Family in the community of proposed business||4|
|Adaptability: Work, business, or studies in Canada||9|
|Scoring Sections||Points Awarded|
|Commercial Viability: Business Model||12|
|Commercial Viability: Market and products/services||4|
|Commercial Viability: Eligible personal investment||4|
|Commercial Viability: Assessment of proposed investment||8|
|Commercial Viability: Ownership percentage||2|
|Transferability of Skills||15|
|Economic Benefits: Significant economic benefits||5|
|Economic Benefits: Jobs Assessment||10|
Submit full Application
Through regularly held BC PNP draws, candidates with the most points are invited to submit a full application under the program. The applicant can be required to give an interview in Vancouver. Application of the candidate will be assessed within the four months of receipt.
Establish Business and Nomination
After the application approval, the candidate is required to sign a Performance Agreement (PA) that includes all the details and requirements that needed to be met to get the provincial nomination. Once the PA is signed, the candidate has issued a letter of confirmation (work permit support letter) that will allow the applicant to apply for a two-year work permit to IRCC.
Once the applicant arrives in the province with a work permit, they must:
Application for Canada PR
After submitting the final report to BC PNP, it will be assessed by them and will verify if all the requirements have been met of the Performance Agreement. If the final report is approved, the applicant will be given the provincial nomination certificate which will allow applying for Canada PR Visa to the IRCC.