British Columbia PNP Tech pilot project to become a permanent program

British Columbia PNP Tech pilot project to become a permanent program

“British Columbia is one of the primary tech hubs of Canada where technology and innovation are at the forefront. The province is known for its high standard of living, low crime rate, and well-paying jobs. BC is known for its multicultural communities with 27 percent of its population being immigrants.”

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot project was introduced in the year 2017 in order to bridge the gap between supply and demand. British Columbia’s technology sector was facing major shortages in talent for quite some time. The tech sector was a major driving force behind the economic growth of the province. The tech sector records the highest employment in the province.

Since the inception of the project the province slowly and steadily has been attracting skilled workers from all over the world. Computer programmers, software engineers, and media developers are some of the in-demand occupations in the province. The tech pilot program ensures the province gets the required talent for its sustenance and growth for the present and future.

The Extension

The tech pilot is a permanent, fast-track immigration program for foreign workers and international students. The pilot which was supposed to expire on June 30th will now be extended indefinitely instead of the usual one-year extension. The pilot is all set to become a permanent program and will be renamed after the expiry date.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot will have become an integral part of the British Columbia PNP by providing the tech companies in BC to get the best international talent and thereby contributing to the province’s growth and sustainable recovery.

The pilot is a part of the existing BC PNP categories. Eligible candidates applying under this program must meet all the required criteria of BC’s Skills Immigration or Express Entry categories which fall under the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Eligible candidates after register will receive a ranking score under SIRS. The BC PNP will conduct a tech draw in order to invite the highest-scoring tech sector applicants to apply for a provincial nomination certificate.

Although the pandemic caused a slowdown in the immigration process the Tech pilot was seeing a steady rise with 1855 tech workers receiving invites in 2020, which is an increase of 23 percent from 2019 where only 1509 were invited. From the inception the Tech Pilot was able to attract over 6000 tech workers from all around the globe to become a permanent resident of British Columbia

“By making the PNP Tech Stream permanent, innovators will be able to better long-term plan and will have greater confidence to make business expansion plans, knowing that this critical service will be available when they need it,” Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) said in the letter.


The main purpose of the Tech Pilot is to help attract the right talent of skilled tech workers in 29 in-demand occupations from weekly draws from the BC PNP pool of immigration candidates.


National Occupational Classification [NOC] Code  

 Job Title

0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers [except software engineers and designers]
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians [household and business equipment]
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade


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