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BC Entrepreneur Regional Pilot


The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Base Category offers a pathway for experienced entrepreneurs to establish, operate, and actively manage a business within the province. This stream is part of British Columbia’s efforts to attract investments and create jobs, thereby contributing to the province’s economic growth.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Personal Net Worth: Applicants must have a minimum personal net worth of $300,000, which must be legally obtained and verifiable.

  2. Experience: Applicants need to have either over 36 months of experience as an active business owner-manager, over 48 months as a senior manager, or a combination of both (at least 12 months as a business owner-manager and 24 months as a senior manager).

  3. Education: Applicants should have a post-secondary credential or at least 36 months of experience as an active business owner-manager with 100% ownership over the last 60 months.

  4. Language Proficiency: Basic English or French proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 is required.

  5. Investment: A minimum personal investment of $100,000 in the proposed business within British Columbia is required.

  6. Job Creation: At least one new permanent full-time equivalent job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must be created in the proposed business within 14 months of arriving in B.C. on a work permit.


The Application Process

  1. Expression of Interest: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to BC PNP and receive a score.

  2. Invitation to Apply: If successful, receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from BC PNP.

  3. Application Submission: Submit a complete application to BC PNP within four months of receiving the ITA.

  4. Assessment and Decision: BC PNP assesses the application and makes a decision.

  5. Performance Agreement: If approved, sign a Performance Agreement with the Province of British Columbia.

  6. Work Permit: Apply for a work permit to start the business in B.C.

  7. Business Establishment: Establish and operate the business in B.C. according to the Performance Agreement.

  8. Nomination: Once the business meets the criteria set in the Performance Agreement, receive a nomination from BC PNP.

  9. Permanent Residency Application: Apply for permanent residency to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) using the nomination.


Here is a breakdown of the Scoring Sections. The higher your score, the more chances of success.

Scoring SectionsPoints
Experience & Ownership – Business owner-manager experience0 to 22 points
Experience & Ownership – Senior manager work experience0 to 22 points
Experience & Ownership – Additional points for 100% ownership2 points
Net Worth – Personal Net Worth less than $300,0000 points
Net Worth – $300,000 to $999,9992 points
Net Worth – $1,000,000 or more3 points
Total Personal Investment – Less than $100,0000 points
Total Personal Investment – $100,000 to $349,9996 points
Total Personal Investment – $350,000 to $599,9998 points
Total Personal Investment – $600,000 or more10 points
Job Creation – Less than 1 job0 points
Job Creation – 1 job10 points
Job Creation – 2 to 4 jobs11 points
Job Creation – 5 to 7 jobs13 points
Job Creation – 8 jobs or more15 points
Community Population – 40,000 – 75,0001 point
Community Population – 20,000 – 39,9992 points
Community Population – 15,000 – 19,9993 points
Community Population – 10,000 – 14,9994 points
Community Population – 5,000 – 9,9995 points
Community Population – Less than 5,0006 points
B.C.’s Regions – Various regions1 to 12 points
Adaptability Factors – Language Proficiency0 to 23 points
Adaptability Factors – Education Level0 to 23 points
Adaptability Factors – Age0 to 16 points
Adaptability Factors – Canadian Work Experience0 to 10 points
Adaptability Factors – Family in the Community0 to 4 points
Business Concept – Commercial ViabilityTotal 30 points
Business Concept – Transferability of SkillsTotal 15 points
Business Concept – Economic BenefitsTotal 15 points

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