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The Entrepreneur Immigration stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a path to immigrate to Canada and settle in B.C. for experienced entrepreneurs who can support innovation and economic growth in the province.

There are two pathways:

  • Base Category Program

  • Regional Pilot Program

BC PNP Entrepreneur Stream application is a two-stage process.

Stage 1: submit application ---->Temporary Work Permit

Stage 2: Implement business plan----> Permenant Residence

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British Columbia PNP

Entrepreneur

Eligibility

Application Process

Base Category

01/ Language requirement:
    Work Permit: No requirement
    Permanent Residency: at least CLB 4 ( IELTS: Listening 4.5/Speaking 4/Writing 4/Reading 3.5). 

02/ Education
    obtained a post-secondary credential, OR, experience as an active business owner-manager for at least three of the last five years with 100% ownership in the business.

03/ Personal Net Worth
    at least CAD $600,000.

04/ Experience
    within the last 10 years:
   
3+ years of experience as an active business  owner-manager

    OR
   
4+ years of experience as a senior manager
    OR
    a combination of
1+ years of experience as an active business owner-manager and 2+ years of experience as a senior manager.


05/ Investment
    Minimum CAD$200,000

06/ Ownership Percentage
    at least one-third(33.33%)

07/ Job Creation
    The business must create at least one full-time job for a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. The one full-time job cannot include you, your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children, and/or other family members. 

08/ Location
    Anywhere in British Columbia.

09/ Business Proposal
    Establish a new business or purchase an existing business in British Columbia.

10/ Exploratory visit
    No requirement.


11/ Minimum time to operate the company
    18 months after issuance of a work permit.

Regional Pilot

01/ Language requirement:
    Work Permit: at least CLB 4 ( IELTS: Listening 4.5/Speaking 4/Writing 4/Reading 3.5). 
 


02/ Education
    obtained a post-secondary credential, OR, experience as an active business owner-manager for at least three of the last five years with 100% ownership in the business.

03/ Personal Net Worth
    at least CAD $300,000.

04/ Experience
    within the last 10 years:
   
3+ years of experience as an active business  owner-manager

    OR
   
4+ years of experience as a senior manager
    OR
    a combination of
1+ years of experience as an active business owner-manager and 2+ years of experience as a senior manager.


05/ Investment
    Minimum CAD$100,00

06/ Ownership Percentage
    at least one-third(50%)

07/ Job Creation
    The business must create at least one full-time job for a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. The one full-time job cannot include you, your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children, and/or other family members. 

08/ Location
    Participating communities.

09/ Business Proposal
    Establish a new business in British Columbia and be referred by an enrolled community.

10/ Exploratory visit
    You must engage and visit an enrolled community for support before registering.

11/ Minimum time to operate the company
    12 months after issuance of a work permit.

Application Process - Base Category

 5 business days exploratory visit

(optional but gain additional points)

Prepare Business Concept

Submit EOI

1-2 months

Receive ITA

Submit Full Application

Receive Work permit support letter

Apply for Work Permit

Receive Work Permit

120 days

3-4 months

1 months

2 months

Arrive B.C. within 12 months from the date of the work permit support letter

Implement the business plan

Submit the final report

Receive confirmation of the nomination

Apply for Permanent Residency

2 months

20 months

2 months

1 month

Receive Permanent Residency

12 months

Application Process - Regional Pilot

Prepare a business proposal

Conduct an exploratory visits to the community

1-2 months

Obtain a referral from the community

Submit EOI

1 month

Submit full application

120 days

Receive Work Permit support letter

3-4 months

Receive ITA

Arrive in B.C. within 12 months from the date of work permit support letter

Implement the business in the community

Submit a final report

Receive confirmation of the nomination

Apply for Permanent Residency

Receive Permanent Residency

2 months

12-20 months

12 months

1 month

12 months