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British Columbia Holds Targeted Draw for In-Demand Occupations

Published on: March 15th, 2022

The British Columbia Nominee Program (BCPNP) held the first draw of its type for in-demand occupations on March 14, 2022.

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The March 14 BCPNP draw was the first of its type. The B.C. government announced changes to the program on March 10 designed to prioritize healthcare workers and early childhood educators (ECE).

The recent round of invitations targeted candidates eligible under one of 36 recently identified priority occupations. A draw was also held for BCPNP Tech candidates for those with a job offer in one of 29 tech occupations.

Candidates selected in the latest draws were also eligible under one of the British Columbia Nominee Program’s  five Skills Immigration and Express Entry streams,

  • SI – Skilled Worker
  • SI – International Graduate
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
  • EEBC – International Graduate
  • EEBC Skilled Worker

The British Columbia Skills Immigration Stream is a collection of immigration pathways within the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

British Columbia’s nominee streams offer a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for workers and graduates that wish to settle in the province. Most BCPNP Skills Immigration programs require candidates to hold a valid job offer with a BC employer.

March 14 BCPNP draw results:

Targeted tech draw: 123 invitations

This draw invited candidates with a job offer in one of 29 tech occupations.

BC Skills Immigration categories minimum SIRS score: 

  • International Graduate: 85

Targeted childcare draw: 27 invitations

The following draw targeted candidates eligible under the International Graduate stream with a job offer as an early childhood educator in NOC 4214.

Minimum SIRS score: 85

Targeted healthcare draw: 21 invitations

This draw invited candidates eligible under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams and a job offer in one of 35 healthcare-related occupational codes.

Minimum SIRS score: 85

Targeted healthcare draw: 63 invitations

This draw targeted individuals eligible under the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream, with a job offer as a Healthcare Assistant (NOC 3413).

Minimum SIRS score: 63

Which healthcare occupations did BCPNP target?

British Columbia has a high demand for healthcare workers. For this reason, they have implemented priority occupation draws targeting candidates with experience in one of 35 healthcare occupations, including:

NOC codeOccupation
0311   Managers in healthcare
3011   Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012   Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111   Specialist physicians
3112 General practitioners and family physicians
3113  Dentists
3122  Chiropractors
3124  Allied primary health practitioners
3125  Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131  Pharmacists
3132  Dietitians and nutritionists
3141  Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3142  Physiotherapists
3143  Occupational therapists
3144  Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
3211  Medical laboratory technologists
3212  Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
3214  Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215  Medical radiation technologists
3216  Medical sonographers
3217  Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219  Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3221  Denturists
3222  Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3223  Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3232  Practitioners of natural healing
3233  Licensed practical nurses
3234  Paramedical occupations
3237  Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
3411  Dental assistants
3413  Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates*
4151  Psychologists
4152  Social workers
4153  Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4212  Social and community service workers
*For the purposes of the BC PNP, only health care assistants / health care aides are eligible under NOC 3413.

How can I obtain a BC job offer in the healthcare field?

British Columbia offers a free recruitment service for healthcare professionals that wish to work in the province. Health Match BC is funded by the government of British Columbia to help bring healthcare workers to the province.

How do BC PNP EOI draws work?

Candidates that meet the requirements for BC’s Skilled WorkerInternational Graduate, or Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker pathways can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the province. Once a candidate creates an EOI profile, they are ranked by the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and given a “SIRS” score. The highest-ranking candidates will receive an invitation from BC to apply for nomination. After receiving an invitation, candidates have 30 days to prepare and submit their online application to the province. Nominated candidates are then invited to apply to the federal government for Permanent Residence.


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