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.
Among other eligibility criteria, candidates must:
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 Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot. 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:
To find out if you are eligible and to go over any specific details of this 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.