British Columbia: Regional Pilot Program

BC Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot

BC Entrepreneur

Known as the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot, the two-year program is set to launch early 2019.In this pilot, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program partners with regional communities of less than 75,000 people to welcome approved immigrant entrepreneurs who want to open a new business. A maximum of 200 registrations may be accepted per month.

Successful applicants will obtain a work permit and, if the business operation in British Columbia fulfills the requirements of the stream on an ongoing basis, they will be able to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the BC PNP. This stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for experienced businesspeople who can establish themselves in B.C. and invest in and operate a commercially viable business that can provide significant benefits to the provincial economy.

BC Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot Requirements

Among other eligibility criteria, candidates must:

  1. conduct an exploratory community visit;
  2. have a minimum of $100,000 in eligible business investments;
  3. have a minimum personal net worth of $300,000;
  4. have 3+ years of experience as an active business owner-manager or 4+ years as a senior manager within the last 5 years;
  5. take on a minimum of 51 percent ownership;
  6. create a minimum of one new job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

During the exploratory visit, candidates will present their business proposal to the community’s designated pilot representative, who will then submit a referral form to the BC PNP as part of the candidate’s registration.

All candidates will receive a score upon registering and the highest-scoring will be invited to submit a full application to the BC PNP through monthly invitation rounds.


The following communities are participating in the BC Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Program. Please note that each community may have its own unique process for arranging exploratory visits or issuing referrals to foreign entrepreneurs.

Enrolled communities by Development Regions:


  • 100 Mile House
  • Mackenzie
  • McBride
  • Prince George
  • Quesnel
  • Williams Lake


  • Castlegar
  • Kimberley
  • Nelson
  • Regional District of Central Kootenay
  • Rossland
  • Trail


  • Gibsons
  • Sechelt
  • Squamish
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Egmont and Pender Harbour
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Halfmoon Bay
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Roberts Creek
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – Elphinstone
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District – West Howe Sound


  • Burns Lake

North Coast

  • Terrace


  • Tumbler Ridge


  • Barriere
  • Clinton
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Sorrento and Electoral Area C
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Falkland and Electoral Area D
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Malakwa and Electoral Area E
  • Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Scotch Creek and Electoral Area F
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area I – Spences Bridge
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area M – Nicola Valley North
  • Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area N – Nicola Valley South
  • Merritt
  • Penticton
  • Salmon Arm
  • Vernon

Vancouver Island/Coast

  • Campbell River
  • Comox
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Island
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Lazo North
  • Comox Valley Regional District – Puntledge – Black Creek
  • Courtenay
  • Port Alberni
  • Powell River

To find out if you are eligible and to go over any specific details of the British Columbia Regional Pilot Program, please contact us.

If you would like to know whether you could be eligible to immigrate to Canada in the Business Category or under other PNP programs, we invite you to complete our FREE online assessment.

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