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Skilled Worker Category

The British Columbia Skilled Worker program is one of several immigration programs contained within the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of British Columbia. BC Skilled Worker prioritizes the nomination of immigrants who have an offer of employment and a high likelihood of contributing to the BC labour force.

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Candidates who are successfully nominated through the BC Skilled Worker program will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates do not require an Express Entry profile to be eligible for this stream. However, candidates who meet the eligibility criteria and who have an active Express Entry profile may be able to apply to the stream through Express Entry for accelerated processing. Candidates with experience in certain tech occupations may be eligible for accelerated processing and other benefits through the BC Tech Pilot.

Program Requirements

Requirement 
Express Entry ProfileNot required
Connection to ProvinceNo
Job OfferYes
Language ProficiencyCLB 4
Level of EducationNo minimum
Work ExperienceSame occupation as the job offer
2 years
Investment RequirementNone

Express Entry Requirement

To be eligible for the BC Skilled Worker stream, candidates do not require an Express Entry profile. However, candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for this stream and who have an active Express Entry profile may be able to apply to the stream through Express Entry for accelerated processing.  

 

Job Offer

Candidates must have a valid job offer for full-time, indeterminate employment from a BC employer. The wages for the position must be competitive when compared to average provincial wages for the occupation. The offer of employment must be for work at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B. Notably, the BC PNP job offer does not need to be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

*If you are applying through the BC Tech Pilot, job offer requirements will vary.  

 

Language Proficiency

Candidates with a job offer at NOC Skill Level B must provide language test results proving English or French language proficiency at CLB 4 or higher. Candidates with job offers at NOC Skill Level 0 or A are exempt from the language proficiency requirement.  

 

Work Experience

Candidates must have at least two (2) years of work experience in the same occupation as the BC job offer. The candidate must also have any qualifications required to perform the job in BC.  

 

Settlement Funds

All candidates for this stream must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This can be demonstrated through their own finances, or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.  

Employer Requirements

In order for an applicant to apply to most BC Skills Immigration programs, they must have a valid job offer from an eligible BC employer. Under these programs, the employers must meet certain general requirements in order for their job offers to be considered valid.  

 

Job Offer Requirements

The employer must offer a full-time, indeterminate position with a wage that meets industry standards. As well, the position must meet BC’s minimum wage requirements as per the applicant’s annual wage, location of residence in BC, and number of dependent family members.  

 

Business Requirements

The business must be established and in good standing in British Columbia with a history of good workplace and business practices. The business must also meet minimum employee requirements:

  • Inside Vancouver: At least five full-time employees.
  • Outside Vancouver: At least three full-time employees.

 

Recruitment Requirements

The employer must demonstrate that reasonable efforts were made to recruit a Canadian to fill the position prior to offering the position to a foreign national. Notably, under the BC PNP, employers are not required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in order for their positions to be valid.

Application Procedure

The British Columbia Skilled Worker stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Candidates who meet the minimum stream requirements can register a profile using the BC’s online immigration portal. Candidates must indicate on this BC profile whether they are applying through the accelerated Express Entry system, or the regular Skills Immigration system. Once the profile has been submitted, candidates will be assigned a score and ranked against one another using the BC Skills Immigration Ranking System. The highest ranking candidates will be invited to apply to the stream in one of the stream’s periodic intakes.

Candidates must submit a complete application to the stream within 30 days from when they receive the invitation to apply. The BC Skilled Worker stream charges a $700 CAD application fee per applicant. If the application is approved, the candidate will be issued a provincial nomination for permanent residence from BC. Candidates can also request to receive a letter of support for a temporary work permit, so that they can begin working in Canada while their application for permanent residence is processed. Applying for a work permit with a letter of support from a province represents a separate application to IRCC.

If the applicant indicated on their BC profile that they were applying to the BC Skilled Worker stream through Express Entry, they will receive a notification of nomination on their IRCC online account. After accepting the provincial nomination, the applicant’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score will increase by 600 points, virtually guaranteeing they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw. After receiving an ITA, the applicant must prepare and submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence within the designated timeframe. Applications for permanent residence submitted through Express Entry are generally processed within six months.

If the applicant indicated on their BC profile that they were applying to the BC Skilled Worker stream through the regular Skills Immigration system, the applicant has six months to submit an official application for permanent residence. They must prepare a paper-based application and submit it by mail to the appropriate application centre. Paper-based PNP applications for permanent residence are generally processed within 18 months.

British Columbia Skills Immigration Ranking System

FactorMaximum Points
Economic Factors (120)Skill Level of the B.C. Job Offer60
Wage of the B.C. Job Offer50
Regional District of Employment10
Human Capital Factors (80)Directly Related Work Experience25
Highest Level of Education25
Language30
Total Available Points200

Skill Level of Job Offer

Skill Level of the B.C. Job OfferPoints
NOC Skill Level A (including Skill Type 0)25
NOC Skill Level B10
NOC Skill Level C5
NOC Skill Level D5
Bonus points:
Occupation is a “00” NOC15
Occupation identified in the BC High Demand Occupations List in the BC Labour Market Outlook 2018 Edition10
Currently working full-time in B.C. for the employer in the occupation identified in the BC PNP registration10
Maximum Score Available60

Annual Wage of Job Offer

Annual Wage of the B.C. Job OfferPoints
$100,000 and above50
$97,500 to $99,99938
$95,000 to $97,49937
$92,500 to $94,99936
$90,000 to $92,49935
$87,500 to $89,99934
$85,000 to $87,49933
$82,500 to $84,99932
$80,000 to $82,49931
$77,500 to $79,99930
$75,000 to $77,49929
$72,500 to $74,99928
$70,000 to $72,49927
$67,500 to $69,99926
$65,000 to $67,49925
$62,500 to $64,99924
$60,000 to $62,49923
$57,500 to $59,99922
$55,000 to $57,49921
$52,500 to $54,99920
$50,000 to $52,49919
$47,500 to $49,999 18
$45,000 to $47,49917
$42,500 to $44,99916
$40,000 to $42,499 15
$38,750 to $39,99914
$37,500 to $38,74913
$36,250 to $37,49912
$35,000 to $36,24911
$33,750 to $34,99910
$32,500 to $33,7499
$31,250 to $32,4998
$30,000 to $31,2497
$28,750 to $29,9996
$27,500 to $28,7495
$26,250 to $27,4994
$25,000 to $26,2493
Less than $25,0000
Maximum Score Available50

Regional District of Employment

Regional District of EmploymentPoints
Stikine, Central Coast, Northern Rockies, Mount Waddington, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Powell River, Sunshine Coast, Kootenay-Boundary, Alberni-Clayoquot10
Kitimat-Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako, Squamish-Lillooet, Strathcona, Columbia-Shuswap, East Kootenay8
Peace River, Comox Valley, Cariboo, Central Kootenay6
Okanagan-Similkameen, Cowichan Valley, North Okanagan, Fraser-Fort George 4
Thompson-Nicola, Nanaimo, Central Okanagan2
Capital, Fraser Valley2
Greater Vancouver0
Maximum Score Available10

Related Work Experience

Directly Related Work Experience in the Occupation of B.C. Job OfferPoints
60+ months15
48 to 59 months12
36 to 47 months9
24 to 35 months6
12 months to 23 months3
Less than 12 months1
None0
Bonus points:
At least 1 year of directly related experience in Canada 10
Maximum Score Available25

Education

EducationPoints
Master’s or Doctorate/PhD17
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma*11
Bachelor’s Degree11
Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Trades)**11
Associate Degree4
Post-secondary Diploma/Certificate (Non-trades)2
Secondary School (High School) or Less0
Bonus points:
Post-secondary education completed in B.C.8
Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside of B.C.)6
Educational Credential Assessment from a qualified supplier 4
Successfully completed the Industry Training Authority British Columbia (ITABC’s) challenge certification process 4
Maximum Score Available 25

Language

Canadian Language Benchmark LevelPoints
10+30
926
8 22
7 18
6 14
5 10
46
Below 40
No test 0
Maximum Score Available 30

British Columbia Skilled Worker - Recent Draws & Invitation History

Below is the information regarding recent British Columbia Skills Immigration draws under the Skilled Worker categories.

BC Express Entry - Skilled Worker Draws

DateMinimum Score
10 September 201990
3 September 201996
27 August 201990
20 August 2019100
13 August 201990
6 August 2019100
30 July 201990
23 July 2019110
16 July 201990
9 July 2019110
2 July 201990
25 June 201990
18 June 2019105
11 June 201990
4 June 201995
28 May 201990
21 May 2019105
14 May 201990
7 May 2019105
30 April 201990
23 April 2019105
16 April 201990
9 April 2019105
2 April 2019100
26 March 2019100
19 March 201989
12 March 201989
5 March 201989
26 February 201985
19 February 201985
12 February 201985
5 February 201985
30 January 201985
23 January 201985
16 January 201985
9 January 201985
2 January 201985
19 December 201885
12 December 201885
5 December 201885
28 November 201880
21 November 201880
14 November 201880
7 November 201879
31 October 201879
24 October 201880
17 October 201880
10 October 201882
26 September 201882
19 September 201882
12 September 2018
(tech pilot draw)
84
5 September 201884
30 August 2018
(tech pilot draw)
87
22 August 201887
15 August 201887
8 August 201887
1 August 201891
25 July 201891
18 July 201892
11 July 201892
4 July 201896
27 June 201896
20 June 2018
(tech pilot draw)
96
13 June 201896
6 June 2018
(tech pilot draw)
95
30 May 201895
23 May 2018
(tech pilot draw)
92
16 May 201892
9 May 201891
2 May 201891
25 April 2018
(tech pilot draw)
89
18 April 201889
11 April 2018
(tech pilot draw)
89
4 April 201889
28 March 2018
(tech pilot draw)
77
21 March 2018105
28 February 201882
14 February 201880
31 January 201875
17 January 201875
3 January 201875
20 December 201780
6 December 201780
22 November 201773
8 November 201773
25 October 201773
11 October 201773
27 September 201773
13 September 201773
31 August 201774
16 August 201774
2 August 201777
19 July 201785
27 June 201785
7 June 201782
24 May 201785
10 May 201790
19 April 201790
5 April 201785
22 March 201785
8 March 201790
23 February 201790
17 February 201791
3 February 201795
21 December 2016100
8 December 201690
17 November 201680
10 November 201680
3 November 201680
28 October 201680
12 October 201680
27 September 201690
15 September 201695
4 August 2016110
29 June 2016135
12 May 2016120
8 April 2016135
11 March 2016135

BC Skills Immigration - Skilled Worker Draws

DateMinimum Score
10 September 201990
3 September 201993
27 August 201990
20 August 201995
13 August 201990
6 August 2019104
30 July 201990
23 July 2019101
16 July 201990
9 July 2019105
2 July 201990
25 June 201990
18 June 201995
11 June 201990
4 June 201995
28 May 201990
21 May 201995
14 May 201990
7 May 201995
30 April 201990
23 April 201995
16 April 201990
9 April 201995
2 April 201994
26 March 201994
19 March 201989
12 March 201989
5 March 201989
26 February 201985
19 February 201985
12 February 201985
5 February 201985
30 January 201985
23 January 201985
16 January 201985
9 January 201985
2 January 201985
19 December 201885
12 December 201885
5 December 201885
28 November 201880
21 November 201880
14 November 201880
7 November 201880
31 October 201880
24 October 201881
17 October 201881
10 October 201882
26 September 201882
19 September 201882
12 September 2018
(tech pilot draw)
82
5 September 201882
30 August 2018
(tech pilot draw)
82
22 August 201882
15 August 201882
8 August 201882
1 August 201884
25 July 201884
18 July 201887
11 July 201887
4 July 201887
27 June 201887
20 June 2018
(tech pilot draw)
90
13 June 201890
6 June 2018
(tech pilot draw)
87
30 May 201887
23 May 2018
(tech pilot draw)
86
16 May 201886
9 May 2018
(tech pilot draw)
86
2 May 201886
25 April 2018
(tech pilot draw)
84
18 April 201884
11 April 2018
(tech pilot draw)
84
4 April 201884
28 March 2018
(tech pilot draw)
77
21 March 2018100
28 February 201877
14 February 201880
31 January 201875
17 January 201875
3 January 201875
20 December 201780
6 December 201780
22 November 201773
8 November 201773
25 October 201773
11 October 201773
27 September 201773
13 September 201773
31 August 201774
16 August 201774
2 August 201777
19 July 201785
27 June 201785
7 June 201776
24 May 201777
10 May 201785
19 April 201790
5 April 201780
22 March 201785
8 March 201790
23 February 201790
17 February 201791
3 February 2017100
21 December 2016100
8 December 201690
17 November 201680
10 November 201680
3 November 201680
28 October 201680
12 October 201680
27 September 201690
15 September 201695
29 June 2016135
12 May 2016120
11 March 2016135

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