B.C.’s provincial government is trying to encourage business immigrants to invest in B.C. communities by enhancing the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (“B.C. PNP”). An aim of these enhancements is to attract more entrepreneurs from outside of Canada to help create jobs in B.C.

The B.C. PNP provides a ‘fast-track’ to permanent resident status to entrepreneurs and skilled workers based on labour market and economic development priorities.

The changes include:

  • Reducing the minimum size for eligible employers located outside of the Greater Vancouver area from five employees to three.
  • Making the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled pilot category of the BC PNP a permanent program category to help meet the needs of employers in key sectors such as tourism.

The B.C. government is also negotiating with the Federal government to increase the number of B.C. nominations for 2012, hoping to have more than the maximum 3,500 nominations of 2011. Further details of the enhancements can be found at B.C. Enhances PNP (news release).